Welcome to the Department of Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human. The discipline is at the crossroads of science and humanities. 

Our faculty advance intellectual frontiers, both ancient and modern, through groundbreaking interdisciplinary research, innovative teaching, and community outreach, aimed at bringing insight and understanding to issues of global health and development, migration and borderland communities, and human impacts on and responses to climate change. Anthropology has long been one of the strongest programs at SMU. We help students build their cultural competency, critical thinking, and global skill sets to best prepare them for life after graduation.


  • Spring 2019 Courses

    For information on classes being taught in Spring 2019, please click here.

  • 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 Wendorf Distinguished Lecturer Named - Dr. Diane Gifford-Gonzalez

    The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce the 2018 Fred Wendorf  Distinguished Lecture in Archaeology, Dr. Diane Gifford-Gonzalez. Her talk will be on Friday, October 19 from 5-6pm in McCord Auditorium of Dallas Hall. Click here for more information.