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The Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University engages in the discipline as a humanistic science of cultural and biological diversity across time and space. Our strength is in our diversity of approaches to this fundamental inquiry. Our faculty specializes in socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology, medical anthropology, physical anthropology, and anthropological linguistics. We work towards an understanding of the human condition, past and present, in countries across the world and in our own backyards.  Our undergraduate and graduate students are trained to be critical thinkers. We offer undergraduates research opportunities inside and outside the classroom, and our graduates find that their degrees have prepared them for a wide variety of experiences within and outside the discipline. I encourage you to explore this new website and see for yourself the many approaches to anthropological research practiced by our faculty and graduate students, and visit us often here or on Facebook to keep up on the achievements of our faculty, students, and alums.

News & Updates

  • Call for Applications: The Altimare Professional Development Scholarship
    The Altimare Professional Development Scholarship is intended to support graduate students enrolled in the MSU Department of Anthropology to gain practical skills, training, certification, professional development and/or qualitative data software experience, contributing to tangible and recognized competencies by future employers and aid the student in being a competitive applicant for non-academic jobs post-graduation. Examples include: conference training Read More
  • Call for Applications: The Whiteford Cultural Anthropology Field Work Scholarship
    The Whiteford Cultural Anthropology Field Work Scholarship is awarded to cultural anthropology graduate students in the MSU Department of Anthropology with preference given to students conducting research in Latin America. This $2,000 award is intended to assist students doing their dissertation field work by helping cover key associated costs, such as transportation and lodging. Eligibility: Must be Read More
  • Speaker Series: Dr Claire Wendland “Ambivalent Technologies”
    For web: Join the Anthropology Department for a lecture series with Dr. Claire Wendland. Wendland will host “Ambivalent Technologies” on March 27 from 3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. in McDonel Hall C103. Zoom option: https://msu.zoom.us/j/99146869800 Passcode: ANP@MSU Policy makers forty years ago embraced “appropriate technologies,” affordable devices that could substitute for “gold standard” options in Read More
  • Call for Applications: Commonwealth Heritage Group Diversity Scholarship in Archaeology
    We are happy to announce the call for applications for the Commonwealth Heritage Group Diversity Scholarship Award in Archaeology at Michigan State University. This scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have high financial need and who have been enrolled in archaeology courses offered by the Department of Anthropology. Preference will be given to students Read More
  • Speaker series: Dr. Eric J. Montgomery “Spirits, Ancestors, and Taboo: Divination as Ethnographic Method”
    Join the Anthropology Department for a lecture series, this time with Dr. Eric J. Montgomery! Montgomery will host the lecture “Spirits, Ancestors, and Taboo: Divination as Ethnographic Method” on March 13 from 3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. in McDonel Hall C103. Zoom option: https://msu.zoom.us/j/99146869800 Passcode: ANP@MSU Divination has long fascinated ethnographers, and the amount of Read More
  • Undergraduate symposium submission deadline March 3
    The Department of Anthropology’s annual undergraduate research symposium and showcase takes place on March 28th from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. in room 103 in Erickson Hall. Parents are welcome, too!