Welcome to the website of the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University. SMU is located in the vibrant city of Dallas on a campus that has won awards for its beautiful landscaping! Our department was formed 50 years ago (1964-2014) and in Fall of 2014, we will celebrate our Golden Jubilee with distinguished former students giving exciting presentations on their innovative careers and research, and with many fetes and celebrations - you're invited (see "Golden Jubilee")!!
The Department of Anthropology is a nationally-ranked program and boasts a distinguished faculty, among whom three have been members of the National Academy of Sciences. Since its founding, the department has produced 202 doctorates, 266 masters, and 721 BA and BS degrees. 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: a Master's Degree Program in Applied Medical Anthropology, and Doctoral Programs in Anthropology with specializations in Archaeology or Cultural Anthropology. Archaeology students learn field methods at our Taos, New Mexico field school. Within Cultural Anthropology, graduate students can focus on either Medical Anthropology or Globalization and Development. An interdisciplinary approach is a key component of all of our programs. Doctoral students receive full tuition and stipend, and are eligible for pre-dissertation research funding and travel support for conferences.
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SMU Boney Pony Party
Announcing the SMU Boney Pony Party on April 25th, 5-10pm at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Austin, Texas. The party will be in Meeting Room 616AB at the Hilton Hotel (cash bar).If you are attending the meetings, please join us to connect and reconnect with old and new friends and help celebrate our 50th Anniversary.
Mar. 26 - Midterm Grades Due
Mar. 28 - Fab Food Friday (TBD)
Mar. 31 - Anthropology Club Meeting (5pm, Heroy 407)
Apr. 4 - Anthropology Career Day (11:30 - 2:30, Hughes-Trigg)
Apr. 4 - Pig Roast Lecture & Party
Apr. 14 - Honors Convocation