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.

  • NSF Grant announcement
    New Research at the ancient PreClassic Mayan site of Holtun

    Drs. Kovacevich and Callaghan receive NSF funding to explore social inequalities, Guatemala learn more
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  • 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.
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  • Search Under Way


    The Department of Anthropology is currently conducting a search for an Assistant Professor in the Sociocultural field. For more information, please look at our ad on the American Anthropological Association website, or by clicking here.