University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Graduate Study

Students interested in pursuing degrees in Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will find themselves members of a vibrant intellectual community. The University is an important crossroads where a diversity of debate and intellectual exchange can be found. The Department is actively involved in this diverse community and regularly invites renowned scholars from all over the world to give talks and hold seminars. When a new student is admitted to the Department that student also becomes a colleague to a diverse group of scholars.

The Department recognizes that the methods, perspectives, and theoretical orientation originating in Anthropology have now invigorated many other disciplines. This blurring of the borders between disciplines has created a cross fertilization that is unprecedented in the history of Western Academics. The Department encourages students to take part in this process, as it relates both to intra disciplinary relationships between the sections and to interdisciplinary relationships between Departments.

The primary focus of the Department of Anthropology is on the doctoral degree. A master’s degree is awarded in the process of pursuing the Ph.D., but students are not admitted for the sole purpose of obtaining a master’s degree.

The Department of Anthropology offers prospective graduate students the opportunity to pursue study within one of three major subfields of contemporary Anthropology: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology plus an Intersectional Degree (see below for more information on these programs).