Studying Anthropology at GW

The Department of Anthropology

Like mathematics or music, anthropology is one of the few genuine vocations. One can discover it in oneself even when one is taught nothing about it.  — Claude Lévi-Strauss

Anthropology is a four-field discipline at GW, uniting Sociocultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistics

The department has three undergraduate major programs: Anthropology, Archaeology, and Biological Anthropology. Together, these place us in the top five at GW in the number of student majors.

We have M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Anthropology and an interdisciplinary M.S./Ph.D. program in Human Paleobiology.

The department actively takes advantage of the unique resources Washington has to offer. We are proud of the breadth and depth of our course offerings and of our 120-year-long relationship with the Smithsonian Institution.