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Graduate Program Overview



The PhD Program in Anthropology at the University of Virginia prepares students for careers in teaching, research, and applied work in the fields of Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistic Anthropology. We are a small, selective program that admits about six students each year across the three sub-disciplines.

The atmosphere in the Department is known for its warmth, collegiality, and supportiveness. Classes in our program are small, and students work closely with faculty members as well as their peers. Regular workshops are held to prepare students for proposal and grant writing, teaching, professional presentations, and job searches. In addition, each of the sub-disciplines hosts a regular series of faculty-graduate student research workshops and the Speakers Series brings together the entire Department community for Friday afternoon lectures by University and visiting speakers.

All incoming students for the PhD are supported with a five-year funding package as well as additional grants for foreign language study, conference travel, and preparatory research during summers.

The program of study for the PhD in Anthropology emphasizes:

  • Studies in theory that give students a broad view of the field of Anthropology
  • Integration of theory and ethnographic research
  • Collaboration and inspiration across the three sub-disciplines of Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistic Anthropology
  • Training in grant writing
  • Mentoring for intensive field research
  • Training and experience in teaching
  • Mentoring for job placement
  • Strong ties to other University departments, programs and centers including the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies; East Asian Languages and Cultures; English; Environmental Sciences; History; Latin American Studies; the Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics; Media Studies; Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures; Music; Religious Studies; and Studies in Women and Gender.

For more information on the program, explore the left-hand menu, or contact the Director of Graduate Admissions, George Mentore.