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.

  • Research of David Meltzer helps settle long-debated heritage of "Kennewick Man"

    Also known as "The Ancient One," the 8,400 year-old male skeleton discovered in Washington state has been the subject of debate for nearly two decades. Research of Dedman College anthropologist and Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory David Meltzer played a role in settling the long-debated and highly controversial heritage of "Kennewick Man." To read more, click here.

  • 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...

  • Research Day - Poster Presentation February 10


    This year the Department of Anthropology will once again have students competing in the Research Day event. Please visit the Research Day website for more details.