Department Head

Professor Sally McBrearty


Boster, Dussart, Erickson, Handwerker, Linnekin, McBrearty, Munro, Singer, Sosis and Wilson

Associate Professor

Adler, Martínez, McBride, 

Assistant Professors

Abadia-Barrero, Batchvarov,  Bruhac, Hartman, Smith and Willen

The Department of Anthropology offers programs leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology. Selected study areas at the Ph.D. level include: applied medical anthropology, ecology and evolution, globalization and transnational studies, New England ethnology and ethnohistory, Old World prehistoric archaeology, and psychological and cognitive anthropology. Area strengths include Africa, Caribbean, Latin America, and North America, including both North American and other U.S. ethnic minorities. Interdisciplinary study in related fields may be pursued in consultation with the major advisor.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations and three letters of recommendation. These should be sent directly to the Graduate School, University of Connecticut, 438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1152,Storrs, CT 06269-1152. The application deadline is December 1st.

The M.A. Program

An undergraduate major in anthropology is not required for admission to the M.A. program. Qualified students who hold a baccalaureate in various fields may be admitted provided that they meet the requirements of the Graduate School and the department.

The Ph.D. Program

The department admits into the Ph.D. program only those students whose past work in anthropology on either the undergraduate or the graduate level shows promise of high scholastic ability and whose research interests are compatible with the areas of specialization represented among the faculty. Students are expected to define at the outset the study area which they wish to emphasize. A period of field research normally precedes the writing of the dissertation.

Interdisciplinary Study

The medical anthropology area of emphasis involves course work and research in public health at the Health Center in Farmington.

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