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Department of Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
One Discipline, Four Fields

About graduate Studies

Welcome to Indiana University’s graduate program in anthropology. Our curriculum produces well-rounded graduates trained in a holistic approach to the discipline, yet with a focus in a major subfield and optional in-depth concentration. Our PhDs gain much-needed teaching experience and mentoring with internationally recognized faculty. With this, our graduates place at a high rate around the world in academic institutions, research centers, as well as in other professions.

The primary purpose of our graduate program is to develop professional anthropologists for service in universities, colleges, museums and applied fields. Our curriculum is designed to provide a general background in the discipline as well as specializations in the four fields of anthropology: Archaeology (including both Paleoanthropology and Archaeology in Social Context), Bioanthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, Social/Cultural Anthropology. Students may also select one of four concentrations in addition to their chosen subfield: Archaeology and Social Context (p23), Food Studies, Medical Anthropology, and Paleoanthropology (p25). Each of these concentrations is supplemental to the field. The department considers teaching experience as a critical part of our graduate program, and every effort is made to provide students with teaching opportunities as part of their training.

We offer unique resources for graduate education that include research opportunities with collections in our affiliated labs and research centers, and an outstanding Information Technology environment on campus. Our students also benefit from our strong affiliation with Area Studies programs at IU, and adjunct faculty in other departments and in the professional schools. Students have a variety of options to pursue field research either independently, or in many cases as part of established research networks and multidisciplinary teams. Our faculty combine methodological approaches in innovative ways, and graduate students are encouraged to become engaged in this process with us.

The Director of Graduate Studies, Stacie King, coordinates and oversees the graduate program. The DGS advises students on degree requirements, coordinates and often supervises committees that award departmental honors and grants, ensures that paperwork is submitted for degree requirements, and on occasion provides career guidance and advice to graduate students.