Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology offers specialization in the following subdisciplines:

  • 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
    Archaeology at the University of Texas 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 University of Texas at Austin Anthropology department offers a strong program of graduate study in biological anthropology at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels. The central focus of the biological anthropology program at UT 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 an exceptionally 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.

The Department also offers degrees in the following three programs:

  • 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, 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 at UT is distinctive at the national level in its central location within a theoretically-oriented graduate training program.