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.

  • Department of Anthropology Welcomes Dr. Nicolas Sternsdorff-Cisterna to the department

    The Department of Anthropology at SMU is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Nicolas Sternsdorff-Cisterna to the faculty. Dr. Sternsdorff-Cisterna joins other new additions to the department, Drs. Neely Myers and Mark McCoy who joined the department this past fall. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Nico to the department and SMU this coming fall.

  • Minds Moving the World
    New Health & Society Major

    Department of Anthropology announces new 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...

  • Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Undergraduate Award Winners

    The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that Hannah Wood has been named the 2014-2015 Edward I. and Peggy C. Fry Award winner for Academic Excellence in Undergraduate Anthropology and Christina Stewart is the Outstanding Senior in Anthropology. Congratulations to both these outstanding young women on their achievement.