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Graduate Programs

StudentsThe four field and integrative approach to the study of the human condition is central to the Western Michigan University Department of Anthropology. Our two-year M.A. program trains students broadly in Cultural, Biological and Linguistic Anthropology and Archaeology. While graduate students generally specialize in one of the sub-disciplines for their theses or internship research, projects that span the sub-disciplines are welcomed and encouraged. The Department of Anthropology has close ties with the Department of History at WMU and many of our students also receive a certificate in Ethnohistory.

Our program prepares students theoretically, methodologically and experientially to pursue a broad range of careers, interests or educational programs after receiving their M.A. Recent M.A. graduates are attending Ph.D. programs in anthropology at a variety of institutions, including the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the University of Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt University and Harvard University. Other graduates are working in cultural resource management, studying for a master's degree in public health, teaching at college and university settings, working in museum settings and in the non-profit sector. The research and critical thinking skills developed in our M.A. program allow graduates to move with confidence in our increasingly multi-cultural world.

Areas of Specialization


  • Bioarchaeology
  • Bodies, Medicine and Disease
  • Cultural and Biological Dimensions of Race
  • Critical Analysis of Gender
  • Food and Eating
  • Historical Archaelogy
  • Language, Consciousness and Identity
  • Material Culture Analysis
  • Transnationalism and Globalization
  • Power, Poverty and Inequality
  • Primate Evolution

Geographic Areas

  • Central Asia
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Ecuador
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • North America
  • Turkey