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Programs Offered

Undergraduate Programs

At the undergraduate level, the Department of Anthropology offers these programs:

The department takes a holistic view of the field of anthropology, offering courses in all four traditional subfields of the discipline and encouraging subdisciplinary breadth in both majors and minors.

If you explore this site further, you’ll find basic information about careers, course requirements, and the awards and honors our students have received.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Anthropology offers the following graduate-level programs in anthropology:

All three programs are strongly research-focused, and graduate students are required to become proficient in anthropological research.

Explore this site for information about admission, financial aid, degree requirements for the master’s program and doctoral program, and the awards and honors of our graduate students.

Areas of Specialization

In addition to the traditional four subdisciplines of anthropology, the department has two areas of specialization, which crosscut sub-disciplinary lines. These areas are biocultural medical anthropology and the anthropology of complex Native American societies. The department offers doctoral degrees in these two specializations only.

Biocultural medical anthropology is concerned with the biological and cultural interactions that influence the perceptions and symptoms of illness and health. Topical interests include folk medical models, stress and chronic disease, epidemiology, and paleopathology.

Faculty:  DeCaroDresslerJacobiLynnMurphyOths, Pritzker, and Weaver.

Archaeology of complex societies of the Americas has been studied by all of our archaeology faculty. Focal areas of study range from art history to social organization and settlement patterns.

Faculty: Blair, BlitzBrown, Kosiba, and LeCount.