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Director of Graduate Studies
David Valentine
364 Hubert H. Humphrey

We develop first-rate anthropologists to accept positions in higher education, museums, business, and applied fields. We provide doctoral-level training in archaeology, biological anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology. In addition, we offer some seminars in linguistic anthropology. The department also offers a master's degree in cultural heritage management, focused on archaeological methods and theory. We also offer a graduate minor in anthropology

Because our discipline studies peoples and cultures around the world and across time, we especially value the conversations and ideas produced by a diversity of voices. We encourage applicants who are willing to contribute to this conversation. 

Our graduate students produce high-quality research and regularly secure funding from prestigious granting foundations including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Social Science Research Council, and the Leakey Foundation. Our faculty prioritize working with their students to secure external funding to support students' dissertation research.

The department requires that PhD students develop a minor field of study as part of the department's commitment to developing strong interdisciplinary perspectives. Research projects in our department are routinely developed through relationships and collaborations with faculty and graduate students in other departments and centers in the University including: the Departments of Geography, Environment and Society; Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature; History; Sociology; Philosophy; Geology; and the Immigration History Research Center; the Institute for Global Studies; the Jane Goodall Institute Research Center; the Institute for Advanced Study; and the University of Minnesota Medical School. 

CLA’s Graduate Programs Office offers graduate students access to funding resources, health and supportive services, diversity initiatives, and other valuable information.