Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology offers graduate programs in the following areas:

Sociocultural Anthropology
Culture and power, cultural poetics, political economy, hegemony and resistance, discourse theory, ethnicity, class and feminist theory are all taught. Faculty members represent a wide area of specialization, which includes Latin America, the Caribbean Islands, North America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Oceania. There is particular interest in the native populations of North, Central and South America, as well as special programs in the African Diaspora and in the Mexican-American borderlands.

Archaeology at the University of Texas at Austin reflects the breadth of specialization of its faculty, and its strong links with other disciplines. The program enjoys strong ties with Geography, Classics, Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, Social, Cultural and Biological Anthropology. A strong and active group of graduate students, the presence of the Texas Archeological Research Lab and offices in State Government make Austin's community of archaeologists and related scholars exceptionally large and diverse.

Biological Anthropology
The department of Anthropology offers a strong program of graduate study in biological anthropology. The central focus of the biological anthropology program at the University of Texas at Austin is the study of primate behavior, morphology and evolution. Through a combination of coursework and research projects, students are broadly trained in primate anatomy, behavior, ecology, paleontology, paleoecology and systematics.

Linguistic Anthropology
Linguistic anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin offers a diverse and comprehensive training program that is unique and unparalleled in the US. Our strength lies in our interdisciplinary approach to the teaching and applications of Linguistic Anthropology whereby students benefit from a program grounded in sociocultural and sociolinguistic theory.

African Diaspora

The Anthropology of the African Diaspora:

The department of Anthropology and affiliates of the Warfield Center for African & African American Studies offer the nation's largest and most comprehensive program in the Anthropology of the African Diaspora.  While focussing on North, Central, and South America, the program's understand of "diaspora" is truly global, with scholars working in Africa and throughout the Americas.  The African Diaspora program also articulates closely with other scholars working in Latin America and the US-Mexico Borderlands, and with the Activist Anthropology program.

Mexican-American Borderlands
A graduate level thematic concentration on Mexican Americans. Graduate students will be able to take courses and/or work with a professor in consultation to study: Indigenous Heritage, Mexican History and Culture, Mexican American Culture and/or The US-Mexico.

Activist Anthropology
The activist anthropology track is distinctive at the national level in its central location within a theoretically-oriented graduate training program.

Anthropology students at the University of Texas at Austin have at their disposal a superb research library with vast holdings and an ongoing acquisition program. In addition, the department and the University offer unique resources and facilities for research and financial support which include: the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory; Radiocarbon Laboratory; Biological Anthropology Laboratory; Liberal Arts Media Center; Ethnomusicology Transcription Lab and Archives; Texas Memorial Museum; Centers for African/African-American, Asian, Latin American, Mexican American, Middle Eastern, Russian-East European and Eurasian Studies; Benson Latin American Collection; The Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies; Social Anthropology Media Lab and Linguistic Anthropology Computer Lab.