The Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University is intellectually vibrant, offering a strong sense of community with a broad training across anthropological subfields and a strong applied focus. We welcome student interest in our B.A. major and our M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

Our 13 full-time faculty provide a close-knit and intellectually challenging environment with attention to students' individualized needs. We are proud of our many recent alumni who are placed in professional positions in industry, government, and the nonprofit sector, as well as in academic institutions such as colleges and museums. We host several events during the academic year that are designed to enrich students' academic research and professional training.

We invite you to consider Wayne State's anthropology programs as you look for the program that is right for your academic goals.

See What Is Anthrpology? for more information about Anthropology as a discipline and field of study.



Our department offers a major in anthropology leading the B.A. degree as well as a minor in anthropology.

For more information, contact our academic services officer, Susan Villerot at To set up an advising appointment please go to

Download information for: Anthropology Major | Anthropology Minor

For more information, you may contact Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Andrew Newman.

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  • Master of Arts in Anthropology (M.A.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosphy in Social Work & Anthropology (SWAN) (Ph.D.)

Our department is currently the intellectual home of over 80 graduate students.  We are actively recruiting well-qualified students, including both those with a B.A. in anthropology and those whose first degrees are in other fields. Our M.A. program is the only one in Southeastern Michigan, and includes applied streams in business/organizational anthropology, medical anthropology, museum studies, and applied archaeology in addition to options in cultural, linguistic, physical, and archaeological anthropology. Our Ph.D. program has strengths in business/organizational, urban, and medical anthropology, historical archaeology, with regional strengths in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. All of our programs are designed to provide intellectual breadth as well as specialization in relevant areas.  

For general information on our graduate programs, download a PDF flyer on Graduate Studies in Anthropology. Prospective graduate students should definitely read our Frequently Asked Questions. For more information, contact our academic services officer, Susan Villerot, at, to set up an advising appointment.

If you would like to talk about your academic interests or to discuss ongoing faculty research, you may also wish to contact our graduate director, Dr. Stephen Chrisomalis, at

For specific information on how to apply to our programs, consult our Graduate Admissions website. The deadline for fall admission is normally January 10.

For more information and assistance, you may contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Stephen Chrisomalis.

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