Top Graduate Schools in Anthropology

by Jared Lewis

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the field of social science as a whole will grow at a better-than-average rate through 2018. For anthropologists and archaeologists, the field is expected to grow by 28 percent because of the "growth in the management, scientific, and technical consulting services industry," according to the Bureau. Anthropologists will serve as consultants to companies and government agencies. The demand for anthropologists will make it necessary to receive a degree from schools with the best anthropology departments, if possible.

Stony Brook University

There are no official ranking systems that recognize the top graduate programs in anthropology. Based on placement rate, educational effectiveness, faculty quality, funding and the student-to-faculty ratio, rated many of the most respected schools with graduate degree programs in anthropology. Stony Brook University emerged as the top program. Areas of study covered by the Stony Brook program include human evolution, cultural anthropology, primate paleontology, North American archaeology, paleolithic archaeology, the behavioral ecology of living primates and Near Eastern archaeology. Stony Brook offers students the opportunity to study anthropology in an interdisciplinary manner in conjunction with other departments within the university. The university offers both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in the field. Department of Anthropology Stony Brook University Circle Road Social & Behav. Sci. Bldg. 5th fl Stony Brook, NY 11794-4364 (631) 632-7620

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan adheres to a more classical view of the discipline of anthropology that recognizes four primary fields of study within the discipline itself. These include anthropological archaeology, biological (or physical) anthropology, sociocultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology. The university offers both the M.A. and the Ph.D. degrees in the field. In addition to the more traditional sub-fields within anthropology, Michigan also offers joint degree programs that give students the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research. These dual programs include a joint degree in anthropology and history, a program in culture and cognition and finally, a program in anthropology and social work. Department of Anthropology 101 West Hall 1085 S. University Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107 (734) 764-7274

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago has a long history of academic excellence in the field of anthropology. The university offers graduate degree programs at the doctoral level in the areas of sociocultural and linguistic anthropology and archaeology. Chicago is well known for its interdisciplinary programs and offers students the opportunity to pursue a joint degree in the additional field of linguistics. Other possible joint-degree ventures include a combination of anthropology with studies in Slavic language and literature, east Asian languages and civilizations, art history and South Asian languages and culture. Students have a number of opportunities while studying at Chicago to engage in a number of research projects and take advantage of the university's multitude of research facilities and institutes. The University of Chicago The Department of Anthropology 1126 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 702-7701

About the Author

Jared Lewis is a professor of history, philosophy and the humanities. He has taught various courses in these fields since 2001. A former licensed financial adviser, he now works as a writer and has published numerous articles on education and business. He holds a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in theology and has completed doctoral work in American history.

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