The graduate curriculum emphasizes intensive training for independent research, with particular emphasis on comparative studies, theoretical grounding, and ethnographic and archaeological fieldwork. Faculty interests include archaeology of complex societies, political economy, development, gender studies, semiotic systems, global and transnational processes, linguistic anthropology, urban anthropology, medical anthropology, psychological anthropology, and religion and ritual. Geographical strengths of the department include Latin America, North America, Africa, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Oceania. Graduate study in archaeology concentrates on the development of complex societies, emphasizing Mesoamerica.
Graduate: University fellowships include full tuition plus stipend; tuition waivers; departmental research funds; teaching fellowships
Material Culture Study Center; teaching laboratories with archaeological, ethnographic, and osteological collections. Participating member of the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology, offering intensive courses in the analysis of lithic, ceramic, metal and biological materials at area universities. Students may cross-register at Boston University, Boston College, Tufts University, Wellesley College, or the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies.