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Admissions Policy

Admissions are administered by the College's Graduate Admissions Office:

Admission to the MA in Anthropology is based on a personal statement, student transcripts, letters of recommendation, and Graduate Record Examination scores. Many applicants, for example, have little or no previous experience in anthropology, or may hold graduate degrees in related fields. Such evidence of previous academic success generally carries considerable weight. For applicants who have been out of school for some time, the nature of job experience is clearly important (for example, some students have current or previous employment with the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, the American Museum of Natural History, and similar institutions).

Before applying to the program, students are strongly encouraged to acquaint themselves with the faculty and their ongoing work by consulting faculty websites ( Faculty are most qualified to supervise students that have interests similar to their own. The best way to see if the Department of Anthropology is the best match for you is to read the work of the faculty members with whom you think you may be interested in working. You are encouraged to contact our faculty to discuss your interest in the department. Faculty are eager to supervise studies that fall within their areas of expertise.


CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY: In cultural anthropology, our faculty have the following expertise:

Agrarian Studies (Edelman)
Anthropology of Education (Hodges)
Diaspora and Transnationalism (Brown)
Economic Anthropology (Edelman)
Gender (Brown)
Human Rights (Edelman, Hodges, Koga)
Legal Anthropology (Coleman, Koga)
Medical Anthropology (Susser)
Middle East Studies (Shannon)
Migration and Refugees (Shannon)
Music, Art, Ethnomusicology (Shannon)
Political Anthropology (Coleman, Edelman, Koga, Susser)
Postcolonial Studies (Coleman, Koga, Shannon)
Prison Education and Reform (Hodges)
Race and Nation, including US race relations (Brown, Hodges)
Religion (Shannon)
Social Movements (Edelman)
Technology (Coleman)
Urban Anthropology (Brown, Coleman, Koga, Susser)


ARCHAEOLOGY: In archaeology, our faculty focus broadly on:

New York City (Parry)
The Near East (Johnson)
Complex Societies (Johnson)
Early Agriculture (Parry)
Environmental Archeology (McGovern)
Lithic Technology (Parry)
Mesoamerica (Parry)
Zooarcheology (McGovern)
Historical Ecology & Climate Change (McGovern)
The North Atlantic and Circumpolar North (McGovern)


LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY: Please note that we have one full-time faculty member that specializes in linguistic anthropology, Christina Zarcodoolas, who specializes in the following areas:

Health Literature
Language and Public Health
Language and Technology


BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY: In biological anthropology, our training is explicitly from an evolutionary perspective. We specialize in the following areas:

Primate and Human Evolution (Gilbert, Pontzer, Steiper)
Primate Ecology and Behavior (Baden, Rothman)
Primate Conservation (Baden, Rothman)
Primate and Human Energetics (Pontzer, Rothman)
Primate and Human Locomotion (Pontzer)
Primate and Human Genetics (Baden, Steiper)

Students interested in biological anthropology are especially encouraged to contact faculty in these specialties before applying. We are particularly interested in mentoring students that cross these multiple perspectives within biological anthropology. Please note that we do not have any courses or faculty that specialize in forensic anthropology.


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