University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Anthropology
1621 Cumberland Ave 505 Strong Hall Knoxville TN UNITED STATES
Phone+1 865.974.4408
General Description / Special Programs

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee trains students in archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology, and offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Anthropology. The Department also offers an MA in Mediterranean Archaeology in cooperation with the Departments of Classic, History, Architecture, and Religious Studies. Together with the Department of Classics, it is affiliated with the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. In addition, we offer undergraduate concentrations in Forensic Anthropology, Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights (DDHR) and an Honors concentration; and a graduate certificate in DDHR. The department is an international leader in forensic anthropology and is home to the Forensic Anthropology Center. It has longstanding strengths in southeastern archaeology of the deep and more recent pasts. Other strengths include anthropological genetics and biomechanics, critical disaster studies, and the inter- and intra-disciplinary DDHR program, which broadly emphasizes contemporary anthropological training, research, and application in the areas of disasters, forced migration, conflict and conflict resolution, peacebuilding, human rights, and transitional justice.  Emerging strengths include big data approaches to climate change and social behavior, and microscale approaches to foodways, pastoralism and environmental change. We share an interest in and commitment to community engagement across the subdisciplines.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
MA/MS Field Areas
MA/ MS Requirements 30 semester hours course work, thesis, 1-hour oral examination
PhD Field Areas
Phd Requirements Requirements PhD: 24 hours of coursework beyond the MA degree plus 24 hours of dissertation credits (Anth 600); formal dissertation proposal and oral defense; dissertation or three publications, final oral presentation and defense of dissertation.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Graduate: 28 teaching assistantships, $12800-16900 plus tuition for half-time

Program Details
Research Facilities

Bass collection of human skeletal material from the Great Plains and modern donated and forensic cases; Parmalee collection of comparative faunal material; the Paul W. Parmalee Malacology Collection, the paleoethnobotany collection, and extensive collections of archaeology, ethnological and osteology material from the Southeastern US in the McClung Museum; extensive research collections from TN sites curated by the dept; opportunities for practical field and lab experience in archaeology; HRAF microfilm edition; Marmoset-Tamarin skeletal collection; Brehme collection of dermatoglyphic materials; computer data bases including 1)Brehme dermatoglyphic data, 2)osteo data of various Native American populations and recent forensic cases, 3)Trotter WW2 long bone and stature data, 4) Franz Boas anthropometric data from Native American populations; Molecular Anthropology laboratories, including a dedicated Ancient DNA clean room laboratory and a dedicated Forensic Genetics clean room laboratory. The Department supports faculty/staff research in public archaeology and provides opportunities for undergrad and graduate research participation in archaeology. The Department offers students and faculty enhanced opportunities to participate in archaeology projects. The archaeology faculty and affiliated researchers specialize in lithic and ceramic analyses, isotope analysis, GIS applications, bioarchaeology, historical archaeology, geoarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, and zooarchaeology. The Molecular Anthropology Laboratories house up-to-date equipment that operate in conjunction with on-campus core equipment facilities. They consist of three separate molecular laboratories: a modern DNA lab and two clean room labs (one for forensic-age DNA and another for ancient DNA research).


Forensic Anthropology Center publications

Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Undergraduate Anthropology Association; Lambda Alpha; Anthropology Graduate Student Association
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1