Graduate study

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers prospective graduate students the opportunity to pursue their academic interests either within one of three major subfields of contemporary Anthropology: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology. Additionally, we offer an Intersectional Degree Program for students who combine interests in two of the major subfields.

While there are important differences among the three “sections” in this Department, there also are significant overlaps. We encourage students to explore the similarities and to benefit from the different approaches that characterize the three sections. The range of possibilities for academic growth and intellectual development that are available in the Department is designed to prepare students for the different research and teaching challenges of a professional career in contemporary Anthropology.

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.