Paleoanthropology Concentration

The paleoanthropology concentration offers broad training that combines archaeology and biological anthropology, two traditional subfields of anthropology important in understanding the biocultural factors that have been critical in human evolution. The concentration combines course work in both biological and archaeological anthropology, complementing the specialized training that students from either subfield receive in their own specialization. Paleoanthropology courses emphasize integration of biological and cultural factors in the evolution of hominid species up to and including modern humans. They encompass primate and human evolutionary anatomy, technology and subsistence in Paleolithic archaeology, and modern human hunter-gatherers. Those who complete the full Concentration may indicate this achievement of specialized knowledge on their curricula vitae.


Paleoanthropology students take 15 s.h. of course work in the concentration in addition to their regular core requirements. The 15 s.h. should be divided between graduate seminars and elective courses as noted below. Students may choose core seminars to fulfill requirements for both the M.A. general course work and the paleoanthropology concentration. The following list of approved courses is subject to change; contact the Department of Anthropology for updates. Students may petition to count other courses in anthropology or other disciplines toward the concentration, if the courses or the students' work in them includes significant relevant content. Petitions are reviewed by the paleoanthropology faculty.

Required Graduate Seminars

  • ANTH:5201 Seminar: Archaeological Theory and Method                
  • ANTH:5301 Seminar: Biological Anthropology                                                                             

Elective Courses

  • ANTH:3260 Pleistocene Peopling of the Americas
  • ANTH:3305 Human Osteology
  • ANTH:3325 Human Evolutionary Genetics
  • ANTH:4315 Human Evolutionary Anatomy