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. Caroline Brettell Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Dr. Caroline Brettell, University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Ruth Collins Altshule Director, Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute has just been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the American Academy is one of the country's oldest learned societies and one of the highest honors a faculty member can receive. Read more. You can also read more about it on the SMU Research Blog.

  • 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 Annual Pig Roast

    The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce the 2017 Annual Pig Roast Lecture, Dr. Reid Ferring. He will be speaking on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 5:00 - 6:00pm in Heroy Hall, Room 153.His talk is entitled "The First Eurasians: 1.85 Ma Occupations and Hominin Fossils at Dmanisi in the Georgian Caucasus." Please see the attached flyer for more information.