With an emphasis on Social/Cultural Anthropology, graduate students in Rice's Department of Anthropology will find an array of opportunities for research and training. Students may work toward a terminal M.A. degree in Archaeology through a program emphasizing research skills in the library, field, and laboratory. In addition to research on the dissertation topic, all students are encouraged to develop at least one analytical skill, such as remote sensing, archaeological statistics, osteology, geomorphology or pedology.

Students pursuing the Ph.D. will find our department's program offers exposure to styles of argument and reasoning across a range of contemporary theoretical issues. For those interested in medical anthropology, Rice's Houston location provides a unique opportunity to take advantage of the extension resources of the Texas Medical Center through ties established with the University of Texas School of Public Health and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

For more information, visit the Department of Anthropology website. Download the graduate study brochure and graduate program handbook.

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. (Social/cultural Anthropology and Archaeology)

Most thesis students at Rice are supported by fellowships or research assistantships, but very few teaching assistantships are awarded. In addition to the merit-based aid described above, the Office of Financial Aid offers need-based aid in the form of loans and College Work Study to graduate students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or refuge.

Areas of Research

  • Archaeology
  • Anthropological linguistics
  • Social/cultural anthropology
  • Theory, history and global change

The Department of Anthropology Contact Information

Alyssa Cymene Howe, Director of Graduate Studies
572 Sewall Hall
Phone: 713-348-4982
Fax: 713-348-5455