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The Best Graduate Schools Offering Anthropology Programs

Higher Education Articles February 23, 2017

Overview of Graduate Schools offering Degree Programs in Anthropology

The study of human culture and socialization throughout history is called anthropology. Doctoral and master’s degree programs in anthropology are available through many schools where students are allowed to specialize in a specific area of the discipline, such as human evolution, bioarchaeology, and ethnology.

In this article, we take a look at some top anthropology graduate schools in the United States:

Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

In 2010, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Harvard University at the top of its list of best national universities. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in Archeology and Social Anthropology with media and medical anthropology specializations are available through the school’s anthropology department. The department also offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Anthropology. Through the archeology program, concentrations are offered in human evolution, art and religion, complex civilizations, and bioarchaeology. The focus of Harvard’s graduate programs in anthropology is on issues such as gender studies, globalism, cultural violence, diaspora arrangement, and cyberspace cultures.

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

In 2010, the U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor 27th on its list of best national universities. Doctoral and master’s degrees in anthropology with linguistic anthropology and biological anthropology, ethnology, and archeology concentrations are available at the school. Coursework within the biological anthropology concentration involves the investigation of human evolution through the use of population genetics, primate studies, ecology, nutrition, and paleontology. Enrollees perform a comparison of institutions and cultures, and the focus of those enrolled in the linguistic anthropology program is on current and past languages. The archeology program is devised to impart a strong grasp of the history of humans through the analysis of preserved remnants of past civilizations. Joint degree programs in history and anthropology, social work and anthropology, and cognition and culture are available through Michigan’s anthropology department.

List of top Schools offering Anthropology Programs

School Name Total Student Enrollment Location
Harvard University 28,791 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Princeton University 8,088 Princeton, New Jersey
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 11,319 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Stanford University 16,963 Stanford, California
Yale University 12,336 New Haven, Connecticut
Williams College 2,126 Williamstown, Massachusetts
Columbia University 27,589 New York, New York
University of Pennsylvania 24,806 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Amherst College 1,792 Amherst, Massachusetts
Duke University 15,856 Durham, North Carolina

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