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The George Washington University provides a variety of innovative graduate programs in anthropology that take advantage of the many resources available in the nation's capital. We offer a breadth of course offerings and have fostered a 120-year-long relationship with the Smithsonian Institution.

Our Anthropology master's program leads to either an M.A. in general anthropology or in one of our program concentrations: International Development, Museum Training or Medical Anthropology. Students in the general program include those whose primary interests are in archaeology or biological anthropology.  Our Human Paleobiology master's program leads to a Master of Science degree.

Our doctoral program in Anthropology has no formal concentrations but is primarily a program in sociocultural anthropology; students interested in advanced work related to human evolution should consider the Human Paleobiology program.  For questions about admissions and more, please refer to the frequently asked questions section or contact us at anth@gwu.edu.

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Revealing a ‘More Complex’ Neanderthal

Revealing a ‘More Complex’ Neanderthal

A recent study by Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs Alison Brooks, doctoral candidate Amanda Henry, and the Smithsonian’s Dr. Dolores Piperno reveals that Neanderthals consumed a variety of plants, such as palm dates, grains and legumes—and even cooked some of them, demonstrating a previously unknown level of plant-food preparation for their species.

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