Anthropology is the study of humans past and present that integrates knowledge from geological, biological, social, psychology and physical sciences.

The Department of Anthropology at SMU is one of the oldest departments on campus with a nationally-ranked program and a distinguished faculty, among whom three have been members of the National Academy of Sciences. We have strong undergraduate programs for majors and minors (BA and BS) in Anthropology.

We also have dynamic graduate programs in which students benefit from close research collaborations with faculty. The Department of Anthropology offers a Master's Degree Program in Applied Medical Anthropology, and Doctoral Programs in Anthropology with specializations in Archaeology or Cultural Anthropology. Within Cultural Anthropology, graduate students can focus on either Medical Anthropology or Globalization and Development.

Learn about our undergraduate courses and degrees.

Learn about and apply to our graduate programs.

  • Dr. Clarence C. Gravlee upcoming Health & Society Guest Speaker

    Dr. Clarence C. Gravlee, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida, will be this fall's Health & Society featured speaker. His talk, "Sick of Race: How Racism Harms Health and Misleads Medicine" will be Monday, October 23 from 5-6pm in McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall. More information will be forthcoming.

  • Minds Moving the World
    Health & Society Major

    Department of Anthropology announces the Health & Society Major. This inter-disciplinary program is for students interested in the practice and study of health in global and cultural contexts. Read more...

  • 2017 Fred Wendorf Distinguished Lecturer

    The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce the 2017 Fred Wendorf Distinguished Lecture in Archaeology, Dr. Richard G. Klein. His talk, "Modern Human Origins," will be on Wednesday, October 25 from 5-6pm in DLSB Room 110. Click here for more information.