In the cultural anthropology track, you'll apply anthropological analyses and methodologies to pressing global issues of human rights and under-development. The cultural anthropology concentration is a flexible program which aims to provide students with both theoretical and applied skill sets.

Geographical strengths within the department include the American Southwest, Southeast Asia/Indonesia, and Latin America.

A rich combination of tailored coursework and practical experience from an internship, field school or methods will prepare you for work as a cultural anthropologist.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the core degree requirements in anthropology, cultural anthropology track students must take at least half of their courses in cultural anthropology coursework and their thesis or master's paper must be on a cultural anthropology topic. Students must take at least one archaeology course and one museum and heritage studies course chosen in consultation with their advisor.

All students must complete the following:

  • ANTH 3660 Anthropological Theory, Method and Practice
  • ANTH 4000 Advanced Anthropology
  • ANTH 3875 Research Methods in Anthropology
  • Qualifying exam
  • Thesis with 48 credits; Paper with 60 credits

All students must have had a practical experience including one, but not limited to, one of the following: museum internship, archaeological field school or field methods class, or ethnographic field work. 


"I've had the opportunity to work with museum professionals, medical doctors, ethnographers, archaeologists, and scholars from a wide variety of backgrounds and interdisciplinary fields. I feel lucky that I've been able to learn from so many different types of people, and to acquire a versatile set of skills and experiences that I can apply in a wide variety of situations."

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Julian Nilsson

Featured Faculty

Alejandro Ceron

Alejandro Ceron

Associate Professor, Cultural Anthropology

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Kelly Fayard

Kelly Fayard

Assistant Professor, Cultural Anthropology

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Dean J. Saitta

Dean Saitta

Director, Urban Studies; Professor, Anthropology

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