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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, MSN/MA, 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



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.

Sydney Stark awarded the XLII National Lambda Alpha Scholarship

Date posted: August 29th, 2017

Sydney Stark (BA, 2017) was awarded the XLII National Lambda Alpha Scholarship.  Lambda alpha is a national Anthropology honor society (click here for information on our chapter).  …Read more.

Welcome Dr. Sara Thiam, Visiting Assistant Professor

Date posted: July 27th, 2017

This fall the department welcomes Dr. Sara Thiam, a new visiting assistant professor to our medical anthropology and global health program. …Read more.

Congratulations Alex Bridges, Anthropology Doctoral Graduate

Date posted: June 28th, 2017

Alex Bridges successfully defended his dissertation “Two Monasteries in Ladakh: Religiosity and the Social Environment in Tibetan Buddhism.”

Outstanding achievements of students in our graduate program

Date posted: June 28th, 2017

We are proud to announce the outstanding achievements of students in our graduate program this past spring. …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: December 5, 2017