Why join us?
One of the most important decisions you make in your career is where you train
Solving the planet’s most pressing challenges through innovation
We offer an array of degrees, but all of them share a belief in three basic principles that build great careers.
- First, we believe skills are crucial. Our graduates know how to do things, and have the resumes to prove it. We take our students into the field with us, we teach lots of methods, we run a wildly successful research apprenticeship program across our 40 labs, we publish with our students and we model collaboration and mentorship in everything we do. Grad students get the chance to learn to teach in multiple modalities, and undergrads can work with our graduate students and faculty as assistants on their projects and in their classes.
- Second, the scale is a major asset. Being big isn’t a bad thing. By being large and in the largest research university, a vast array of classroom and experiential options are available to everyone when they need them. Scale helps students find a wide array of collaborators, training and experiences that enrich their resumes.
- Third, we collaborate with each other as part of our basic DNA. This extends to faculty working with grad and undergrad students in all aspects of our scholarship, and everyone working across disciplines to get at the most interesting questions. You can read more about some of our major collaborative projects that link faculty, graduate students and undergrads here.
For undergraduates, we offer a huge array of courses, almost all of which are taught directly by our world-leading faculty. Our faculty also teach award-winning online versions of our most popular classes, providing working students with scheduling flexibility as needed.
All our undergraduates have the chance to work directly in labs with – and travel into the field with – our faculty. They also have access to the thousands of classes in other schools, and enough electives in our degrees to be able to take advantage of them.
Our award-winning advisors help students craft their own pathway to the career they want. Our bachelor degree graduates are extremely successful is getting into grad school or medical school, many with full scholarships.
For graduate students, we are committed to supporting and mentoring everyone individually. Each program of study is created with the student to allow unique training programs. Each faculty mentors only a few graduate students so they can do so intensively.
We are one of the largest and most diverse anthropology programs in the country, and we have smaller boutique programs, too, that enrich everyone, as students can take classes with and work with faculty in any part of the school, and beyond, easily.
Historically we have funded almost all our graduate students through research assistantships and teaching assistantships, both great CV builders. We also have graduate student governance of the school, meaning our students play a role in shaping our decisions and how we operate.
We have extremely high retention rates, with most of the students who start with us going on to finish their degrees. Most have published with at least one faculty.
Half of all our PhD graduates go on to traditional academic appointments, while the rest are driven to take their skills into a wider world to make a difference, such as working for government agencies and international corporations.
Take your research to the next level with the school's extensive ethnographic, archaeological and paleoanthropological holdings.
Get an insider's look at some of the unique Southwestern specimens housed in the Center for Archaeology and Society's Repository, courtesy of ASU Now.
Our Societal Impact
Whether working with midwives in Guatemala to improve maternal and infant health or providing local policymakers with research results on human vulnerability to urban heat, our projects and programs make a difference. We encourage – and equip – our faculty and students to find ways to benefit our community, locally, nationally and globally.
In a time of increasing concern for the environment, this research provides insight into how politics, economics and climate change coincide with human land use by examining archaeobotanical data from the Maya Lowlands of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.
The Global Ethnohydrology Study is a transdisciplinary, multi-year, multi-site program of research that examines the range of variation in local ecological knowledge of water issues, also known as “ethnohydrology.” It will focus on showing how factors, such as increasing urbanization, water scarcity and climate change, are related to changes in cultural ideas and knowledge.
This project studies how women and their caregivers identify complications during childbirth and decide to seek skilled care. In future phases, the project will examine how such local theories interact with economic and structural barriers to influence care-seeking trajectories.
This project proposes to jump-start the development in Africa of a detailed paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental record with a multidisciplinary and international project tightly integrated between researchers focused on the south coast of South Africa. The end result of this project will be an understanding of the relation between global climate change and its regional expression in South Africa.
Sustainability of Marine Renewable Resources in Subarctic Systems Under Incumbent Environmental Variability & Human Exploitation
The portion of this project conducted at Arizona State University will focus on integrating research activities by developing a conceptual socio-ecological framework to address the implications for sustainability of current and alternative policy practices and scientific knowledge gaps.
This project examines the co-evolution of humans and our pathogens using an anthropological perspective that incorporates both evolutionary time depth, and short-term individual and species histories.
Since its establishment at Arizona State University in 2006, the International Project Office (IPO) of the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) project has coordinated and facilitated new knowledge generation and dissemination on urban areas and their connections to global environmental change – at the intersection of social and natural sciences. Continuing and enhancing this relationship will allow the already dynamic IPO to further promote the generation of new UGEC research, synthesize findings and connect science to policy.
This project explores the prevalence and patterns of social diversity and the negotiation of difference in varied historical settings in Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand. More specifically, the project examines what interethnic (majority-minority) relations (or the lack thereof) characterize ethnographic reporting, documentary and fiction film, novels, memoirs and newspaper coverage during 1914-2014, against what can be known about patterns of interethnic relations from ethnohistorical investigations.
Our School by the Numbers
Ranking in the U.S. for NSF anthropology and archaeology awards
Our collections comprise nearly 2 million specimens
We house 40+ labs devoted to a range of subjects, from geo-archaeology to genetics
As the director of School Health for the Arizona Department of Education, Gillette uses his global health degree to make sure that children's environments promote their good health.
New Yorker Johnston-Zimmerman puts her anthropology degree to work making urban spaces fit the people who live in them. She serves as the research and communications associate for the nonprofit Project for Public Spaces.
Lee has used her anthropology (bioarchaeology) PhD to conduct award-winning research exploring the lives of people in ancient China and Mongolia. Today, she is training the next generation of researchers as an assistant professor at Cal. State, Los Angeles.
Ortiz earned a doctorate in applied mathematics for the life and social sciences while balancing challenging family responsibilities. Now, she works as the senior manager for fraud risk at American Express.