Concentration in Cultural or Medical Anthropology

  • Globalization, Migration, and International Development
    • Focus on understanding the impacts of a rapidly globalizing world on local communities and culture and their responses.
  • Global Health
    • Theoretical focus in critical medical anthropology and political economy, as well as Psychological Anthropology.

Concentration in Archaeology

  • Human-environment interactions; political economy; social inequality; and colonial encounters. North America, Mesoamerica, Oceania, and Africa.
  • Expertise in lithic and ceramic analysis; geo-spatial technologies; zooarchaeology; geoarchaeology.

M.A. in Applied Medical Anthropology

  • Two-year (unfunded, terminal masters degree) applied program that trains students to work in any health setting, ranging from hospitals and agencies to NGO's, locally and internationally.

Recent Graduate Student Research
  • The relationship between legal status and civic engagement among Congolese refugees in Ireland (National Science Foundation).
  • Prehistoric socio-economic activities/organization as reflected in Late Pleistocene residential structures/US Rocky Mountains (National Science Foundation).
  • How gender is reflected in the lived experiences of person with HIV/AIDS in Bolivia (Wenner-Gren Foundation).
  • Impact of micro-finance on women's/children's health in Ecuador (Fulbright IIE).
  • Liberal Muslim religious transnational movements in the US and South Africa (NSF Graduate Fellowship; Lemelson Pre-Dissertation Fellowship).

  • Nationally-known faculty, among whom have been three National Academy of Science members.
  • Close faculty/student research collaborations.
  • Fully financially-funded doctoral students (tuition, fees, and stipend).
  • Funding available for student travel to conferences and for preliminary dissertation research.
  • Graduate programs have strong interdisciplinary focus.
  • Focus on theory and method - practical experience in field and laboratory.
  • SMU-in-Taos Archaeology Field School. (New Mexico)
  • An award-winning, beautiful campus in the vibrant and international urban center of Dallas.