Explore the dynamics and diversity of human cultures
The Department of Anthropology at Brandeis University is a vibrant and active center of research and teaching. Students have the opportunity to study social relations and inequalities, religion and world views, political economies and globalization, the connections among language and social processes, visual cultures and popular media, cultural understandings of medicine and disease, human evolution, and what we can learn about past societies through the study of material culture and the remains of the human body itself.
Department faculty carry out field projects across the world; in Africa, Latin America, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and the United States. With their commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising, engagement with interdisciplinary scholarship, and spirit of collegiality and hospitality, this department is a vital part of the intellectual life of the university.
As a student of anthropology, you will acquire the concepts, theories and methods that will enable you to explore, describe and understand the human world in all its complexity. At the same time, you will be encouraged to pursue in depth your own areas of interest.
Graduate programs are based on core courses in the history, theories, and methods of anthropology and opportunities to pursue a wide range of theoretical, ethnographic and archaeological interests.
Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar (BARS)
Every year the department organizes a series of lectures and professionalization workshops for graduate students. Workshops will cover topics such as applying to PhD programs, publishing, grant-writing, and alternative academic careers. View the schedule.