Why Study Here?

The SMU Department of Anthropology prepares students to meet the demand for a scientifically trained and globally minded workforce.

Students study human behavior and societies by adopting a cross-cultural perspective regarding the customs, cultures, languages, and social lives of different peoples around the world. Students study human populations of the prehistoric past, in places such as Guatemala (Maya), Peru (Inca), and the American Southwest. The study of the fossil record, forensics, and primates also provide clues about the origins and evolution of humans.

Internationally Recognized Faculty David Meltzer and Dean DiPiero portrait

Internationally Recognized Faculty

Offering strong preparation for living and working in a rapidly globalizing world.
Research and Internship Opportunities SMU in Taos photo

Research and Internship Opportunities

Undergraduate students have opportunities to be involved in faculty research and internships in diverse locales.
Diverse Coursework group shot in Downtown Dallas

Diverse Coursework

Courses cover virtually all the peoples of the world and address important contemporary global issues.