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 three different minors in anthropology, archaeology, or global health & social medicine. 

For more information, contact our Academic Advisor, Harman Singh. To set up an advising appointment please go to

Download information for: Anthropology Major | Anthropology Minor
  Archaeology Minor

For more information, you may contact Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Yuson Jung.

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  • Master of Arts in Anthropology (M.A.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work & Anthropology (SWAN) (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology & Urban Sustainability (T-RUST) (Ph.D.)

The Anthropology Department is currently the intellectual home of over 60 graduate students.  We welcome 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 provides students a solid foundation in cultural, linguistic, biological, and archaeological anthropology and it offers in-depth training in a number of specializations, including: historical archaeology, museum studies, business/organizational anthropology, medical anthropology, urban anthropology, paleo-diet, foodways, design, social entrepreneurship, and land-use studies. 

Our Ph.D. program also builds from these strengths to provide extensive anthropological training, geared towards preparing students for careers both inside and outside of academia. In addition to the Ph.D in Anthropology, we offer two interdisciplinary degrees for students who are interested in combining anthropological training with Social Work (SWAN) or issues of Environmental Sustainability in urban settings (T-RUST). Since 2017 our Ph.D. students have had the opportunity to gain professional experience towards potential careers in non-academic settings as paid summer interns in the Wayne State Humanities Clinic

Both of our graduate programs are designed to provide intellectual breadth as well as specialization in relevant areas, locally and globally. Alumni of our graduate programs have been extremely successful applying their training to a wide variety of careers in: government, non-profits, academia, cultural resource management, public policy, city planning, law, health care, engineering, design, environmental management, publishing, social services, research and development, marketing, and business - to name just a few!  Visit Wayne State Anthropology's You Tube channel to listen to our students talk about the benefits of their graduate training in our Department. 

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 Director of Graduate Studies to set up an advising appointment.

How to Apply

For specific information on how to apply to our programs, consult our Graduate Admissions website.

There are two annual admissions cycles for the Anthropology Master's program. Applications are due October 15 for Winter semester admission (starting in January), and January 10 for Fall semester admission (starting in August). 

There is one admission cycle for the Ph.D program. Applications for Fall admission are due January 10.

All prospective graduate students are welcome to contact the Director of Graduate Studies with inquiries regarding the program. Prospective Ph.D students are strongly encouraged to contact and/or meet with both the Director of Graduate Studies and the faculty member(s) with whom they wish to work well in advance of the application deadline. 

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

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