American University

College of Arts and Sciences

Anthropology (PhD)(MA)(Graduate Certificate)


4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Certificate Anthropology, PhD Anthropology;, MA Public Anthropology;

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Anthropology has trained graduate students in the real-world applications of anthropological method and theory for almost 50 years. The PhD program offers a concentration in cultural/social anthropology or archeology as well as a concentration in race, gender, and social justice. Program graduates pursue careers in college teaching and in public and private settings and are prepared to address issues of public policy, community struggle, and other locally defined concerns in their academic projects and in domains outside of academia. Course work draws on anthropology's four-field tradition and on the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary resources within the College of Arts and Sciences and across the university. The program is committed to working with students from diverse backgrounds, including those traditionally under-represented in higher education. Diverse voices and perspectives are fundamental to this program. Masters students may focus their graduate studies in Cultural/Social Anthropology or in Archaeology. Both concentrations combine classroom and experiential field-based learning activities as appropriate for each student's career plans and political goals. Pathways after graduation include working as researchers, community leaders, and grassroots organizers. All graduates are prepared to explore the workings of culture, power, and history in everyday life — to engage social problems, past and present, and to articulate social justice with social change. The curriculum is founded in acquiring skills of critical inquiry, problem-solving, and public communication. The certificate program in public anthropology is for those students seeking to supplement their education while working full-time. Most classes are offered in the evening or on weekends. Students complete 15 credit hours of approved graduate work, which can later be transferred into degree programs.


American University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the CHEA.

International Student Requirements:

Please see American University's College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Admission’s website for admission requirements.

Facts & Figures

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1178.00

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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