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.

  • Paul P. Steed Jr., long-time supporter of the department, passed away on October 4.

    Long-time supporter of the Department of Anthropology, Paul P. Steed, Jr. passed away on October 4, 2017. He was 94. You can read more about Paul here. He will be deeply missed by those in the department.

  • 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...

  • 2018 Foster Distinguished Lecturer Named - Dr. Leith Mullings

    The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce the 2018 George and Mary Foster Distinguished Lecture in Cultural Anthropology, Dr. Leith Mullings. Her talk will be on Monday, April 16 from 5-6pm. More information will be forthcoming.