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The Anthropology Department offers cutting edge training for both undergraduates and graduates. Our programs include the traditional BA, MA and PhD programs, plus a BA/MA (Integrated Graduate Studies program in which undergraduate students can graduate with an MA in 4 years), as well as a new 1-Year MA in Medical Anthropology and Global Health that includes a certificate in Global Health, and MA/MPH, PhD/MPH, MD/MA and MD/PhD degree programs.


The Anthropology Department offers cutting edge training for both undergraduates and graduatesStudy with internationally recognized faculty Where will anthropology take you? Explore this interactive map of anthropology research conducted by faculty and PhD candidates at CWRUNew! One-year M.A. in Medical Anthropology and Global Health



February 15th – Celebrate Anthropology Day!

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to celebrate our discipline while sharing it with the world around us. Join us in celebration of what anthropology is and what it can achieve! Stop by Tinkham Veale University Center and visit the Anthropology Student Association table from 11:15 – 2:15 PM, learn about anthropology, enjoy snacks and free giveaways (while supplies last).

New Anthropology Lecture Series will feature Carolyn Lesorogol

Date posted: January 22nd, 2018

Save the date! On February 15th, the Department of Anthropology is excited to launch a new annual Anthropology Lecture Series. The series invites prominent anthropologists from across the world to speak to the community. …Read more.

Dr. Lihong Shi discusses her new book

Date posted: January 21st, 2018

On Friday, February 9th, Dr. Lihong Shi will discuss her new book Choosing Daughters: Family Change in Rural China. Hope you can join us! The discussion is scheduled for 12:45 – 2:00 PM in Mather Memorial 201. …Read more.

The Anthropologist – Fall 2017 Issue Released

Date posted: December 21st, 2017

The Fall 2017 issue of The Anthropologist just released. Take time to catch up on faculty research, grants awarded within the department, noteworthy achievements from undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and alumni, and other news from the Department of Anthropology.

New book co-edited by David Kaawa-Mafigiri now available

Date posted: November 1st, 2017

David Kaawa-Mafigiri, Ph.D. (CWRU Anth 2007) co-edited the first book on child abuse and neglect in Uganda (Springer, 2017). Kaawa-Mafigiri is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and an Adjunct Visiting Assistant Professor in the CWRU Department of Anthropology.  …Read more.

October 6th – Annual Kassen Lecture featuring Dr. Nicole Burt

Date posted: September 1st, 2017

Each year the Department of Anthropology presents the Kassen Lecture, featuring a top female scholar in the social sciences to present a lecture to the department and to the campus community. …Read more.


Certificate in Global Health

Learn about the extraordinary success of Anthropology graduate students in obtaining national funding for their doctoral dissertation research.

Interactive Map of Anthropology Research Conducted by Faculty and PhD Candidates at Case Western Reserve University

Learn how to join Lambda Alpha, the CWRU Ohio Theta Chapter of the national honors society for students of Anthropology

Interested in a career in Anthropology? American Anthropological Association (AAA) website, This Is Anthropology, may have helpful information.


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Page last modified: February 15, 2018