Anthropology is the study of human socialization and culture throughout history. Many schools offer master's and doctoral degree programs in anthropology that allow students to specialize in a certain area of the discipline, such as bioarcheology, human evolution and ethnology. Read on for profiles of the top-ranked universities offering these programs.
1. Harvard University in Cambridge, MA
|School Highlight: Harvard's Alfred M. Tozzer Library holds more than 250,000 works in the field of anthropological research.|
Harvard University is ranked second on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 list of top national universities. The school's anthropology department offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) program in anthropology and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in archeology and social anthropology with specializations in media and medical anthropology. The archaeology program offers concentrations in art and religion, human evolution, bioarchaeology, and complex civilizations. Harvard's anthropology graduate programs focus on issues like globalism, gender studies, cyberspace cultures, cultural violence and diaspora arrangement.
2. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
|School Highlight: The University of Michigan's anthropology department also offers joint degree programs in anthropology and history and anthropology and social work.|
The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, ranked 29th on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 list of America's best national universities, offers doctoral degrees in anthropology with concentrations in biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archeology and sociocultural anthropology. Students in the biological anthropology concentration investigate human evolution by utilizing primate studies, population genetics, nutrition, ecology, and paleontology. Ethnology students compare cultures and institutions, and those learning about linguistic anthropology focus on past and present languages. The archaeology program helps students understand the history of humans by analyzing preserved remnants of past civilizations.
Top Anthropology Graduate Programs
|Arizona State University||Students have access to the school's Archaeological Research Institute, which contains more than 250,000 individual and bulk specimens.||Tempe, AZ|
|Pennsylvania State University - University Park||Penn State's anthropology program was ranked #1 by the National Research Council.||University Park, PA|
|Stanford University||In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Stanford #4 on its list of top national universities.||Stanford, CA|
|University of California - Berkeley||The University's faculty contains more winners of the J.I. Stanley Prize for anthropology authors than any other university.||Berkeley, CA|
|University of California - Los Angeles||The National Council on Research ranked UCLA's doctoral anthropology program #6 in the nation.||Los Angeles, CA|
|University of Florida||All students in the graduate anthropology program are matched with a faculty adviser who shares similar research interests.||Gainesville, FL|
|University of Georgia||Students can join various groups, including the Anthropology Society, the Student Association for Archaeological Sciences, the Anthropology Graduate Student Organization and the Lambda Alpha, an honors society for anthropology students.||Athens, GA|
|Yale University||Yale took third place ranking on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of national universities.||New Haven, CT|