Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA, Joint MA with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, PhD

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Located just outside of Boston, Brandeis' Department of Anthropology offers a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology, a Joint MA in Anthropology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a PhD. Our graduate students specialize in either sociocultural anthropology or anthropological archaeology.

Areas of faculty specialization in sociocultural anthropology include economic anthropology and development, gender and sexuality, linguistic and semiotic anthropology, medical anthropology, religion and ritual, global and transnational processes, urban anthropology, political ecology, colonialism and postcoloniality, citizenship and the state, anthropology of finance, psychological anthropology, personhood and experience, and inequalities and social justice. Geographic areas of faculty research include Latin America, North America, Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, East Asia and Oceania.

Areas of faculty specialization include theories and methods in archaeology, Mesoamerican civilizations with a particular focus on the Maya and Zapotec cultures, the archaeology of power and inequality, borderlands and landscape, meaning and material culture, writing systems, bioarchaeology and human osteology, geographic information systems (GIS), and the modern contexts of archaeological research.

The Department of Anthropology offers the best of both worlds: the intellectual strength of a major research institution and the personalized attention of a small department. Graduate training is based on core courses in the history, theories, and methods of anthropology and opportunities to pursue a wide range of theoretical, ethnographic and archaeological interests. Training for independent research is stressed, with particular emphasis on theoretical issues and fieldwork.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Eligibility Requirements:

All applicants must have obtained a bachelor's degree or the international equivalent prior to matriculation. Applicants are considered holistically on the basis of a number of factors. In most cases, previous work as an undergraduate major or as a formal minor (18 credits or more) is desirable. However, an applicant should always check with the Anthropology department concerning the suitability of previous academic work as it pertains to the degree program in question.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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