The Department of Anthropology at Brandeis University offers a wide range of courses covering the discipline's four major subfields:
Archaeology of complex societies
Areas of faculty specialization include economic anthropology and development, gender studies, urban anthropology, sociolinguistics, symbolic and semiotic studies, prehistoric and historic archaeology, cognitive and psychological anthropology, computer-mediated communication, medical anthropology, religion, comparative methods, material culture and cultural patrimony, and theory and method in sociocultural anthropology and archaeology.
The Department of Anthropology at Brandeis offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology as well as a joint M.A. degree in anthropology and women's and gender studies.
The department admits only a small number of students each year in order to maintain its character as a small department in which students and faculty are closely associated and to ensure as high a level of student financial support as possible. Graduate training is based on required courses in the history, theory and method of anthropology and on elective courses in the four subfields of anthropology: sociocultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archaeology and physical anthropology.
Students concentrate on one of three foci of anthropological inquiry:
comparative social institutions
systems of meaning
Training for independent research is stressed, with particular emphasis on theoretical issues and fieldwork.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
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.
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International Financial Aid:
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.