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.

  • Assistant Professor Neely Myers' Recent Publication

    Dr. Neely Myers, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology published today an article on the 2012 Colorado theater shooting. She asked the question of whether or not the American mental health care system was to blame for this tragedy. Read more.

  • 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...

  • 2016 Annual Pig Roast


    Friday, April 22 at 5:00pm in Heroy Hall, Room 153, SMU Department of Anthropology PhD, Dr. Rose Jones will present her lecture, "Healthcare and Anthropology: Confessions of an Applied Medical Anthropologist" as the 2016 Pig Roast Lecturer. Immediately following the lecture will be the Annual Pig Roast. For more information, please click here for a copy of the lecture flyer.