The Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University offers two Graduate degree programs: a two-year M.A. in Applied Medical Anthropology and the Ph.D. in Anthropology (with an M.A. awarded en route to the Ph.D.). In the Ph.D. program, you can concentrate in Archaeology or in Cultural Anthropology. In Cultural Anthropology, you can specialize in either "Medical Anthropology" or in "Globalization and International Development."
The MA in Medical Anthropology is a two-year program in applied medical anthropology. It includes an internship in one of many local health or community organizations, clinics or agencies. Faculty emphasize the principles and methods of cultural and medical anthropology, as well as a cross-cultural perspective and cultural sensitivity. Students are prepared to work in any health setting, ranging from hospitals to NGO's, locally and internationally.
Our doctoral programs in Anthropological Archaeology focuses mainly on the New World, ranging from the earliest hunter-gatherers to the complex societies of North, Middle, and South America. There is a strong emphasis throughout on: human-environment interactions and human impacts on, and responses to, climate change; engaging local and descendant communities; and in providing students the theoretical, methodological and field and laboratory training to conduct scientific archaeological research.
In the doctoral programs in Cultural Anthropology, we offer two concentrations: Globalization and International Development or Global Health/Medical Anthropology. Students learn about a range of theoretical and methodological approaches for understanding the impacts of a rapidly globalizing world on local communities and cultures, and their responses to those challenges. The Global Health concentration focuses on critical medical anthropology and the political economy of health. Students are prepared to be professionals working in academia, government, and international and community organizations.
Our programs are designed to produce scholars - creative, energetic, articulate, and literate scholars. We endeavor to produce anthropologists whose research is sufficiently innovative to attract the notice of their peers, who will seek and receive research funding, and who will apply their training to the understanding of the human groups with whom they work. It is our aim to train students in specialized skills based upon a general knowledge of anthropology acquired before entering our programs. Beyond providing you the skills necessary to becoming a professional anthropologist, the faculty will also endeavor to impart a professional attitude and a desire to practice those skills with precision and with passion.