Learn about applied and engaged anthropology in the Department of Anthropology's M.A. programs
Undergraduate Student Anna Cash presents her poster at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the UofM campus
Anth students in  Environmental Design and Community Development Study Abroad Program in Sicily study the map of abandoned railway in the Simeto River Valley.
Kenny Latta representing Grow Memphis at South Memphis Farmers Market
After taking Ethnographic Methods, Paul Dygert and Alexandria Spann (undergraduate anthropology majors) collect data for Dr. Trapp's lunch plate analysis study.

Anthropology: Studying People & Cultures and Applying Knowledge to Real World Issues

What is Anthropology and what does training in Anthropology do for you?

Anthropology is the study of humankind. Anthropologists explore the culture, evolution, behavior, beliefs and social organization of peoples around the world in prehistoric, historic, and contemporary contexts.

Anthropology majors develop cross-cultural communication, human relations, critical thinking, writing, analysis, evaluation, problem-solving, planning, and community outreach skills. It is an ideal field to prepare for jobs that require people skills, and understanding of multicultural and institutional dynamics. The minor in Anthropology is also valuable for those planning to work with diverse national and international populations.

The University of Memphis Offers Two Anthropology Degrees

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology have the opportunity for training in three of the four subfields: cultural and biological anthropology, and archaeology. Students can also take advantage of numerous opportunities for enriched learning such as internships, service-learning, and study abroad. Students with diverse interests will find anthropology to be a stimulating major or minor, with relevance for understanding pressing real world issues. In our last Senior Exit Survey students were 100% satisfied with the accessibility of faculty and 94% satisfied with the quality of teaching.

Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Anthropology join a nationally-recognized applied program. Students benefit from opportunities to work directly with local organizations, and gain experience in community development, environmental justice and sustainability, cultural identity and heritage, health disparities, healthcare systems, health risk and business anthropology. The networks, knowledge, and experience students build is invaluable for future employment. In a 2014 survey, 90% of alumni from the MA program reported that they were satisfied with the quality of their education, and over 84% say their MA plays a significant role in their overall career satisfaction.

First year graduate students are also eligible to apply for the Tim Bolding Scholarship in Anthropology. The application deadline for the Bolding Scholarship is July 1, 2019.