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Anthropologist Becca Peixotto is unearthing a hidden human past from some of the world’s most remote sites. During an excavation in the Cradle of Humankind, she helped to uncover a new species of human kin, called “Homo naledi”—a discovery that’s shifting the way scientists think about human history.
Becca Peixotto
MA Public Anthropology, ’13, PhD Candidate

Do you have a desire to expose social problems and pursue justice?

The MA in public anthropology from American University is for students like you with a passion for inspiring change in the world around them.

  • Prepare for a career in public service, community organizing, or social advocacy.
  • Collaborate with faculty who specialize in issues of race, gender, and social justice, as well as archaeology and biological anthropology.
  • Combine classroom and experiential/field-based learning as it relates to your career plans and goals.

Tomorrow’s leaders in public anthropology are being  educated at American University today.

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Pursue a course of study that fits your interests. The public anthropology MA offers three different tracks: cultural/social anthropology, archaeology, and international/Peace Corps. Within each track you can gain expertise in biological and linguistic anthropology as well.
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Get involved in the social and political causes that matter to you. There are plenty of ways you can lend a hand in Washington, DC – a city recently ranked the #1 coolest city in America. 
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Take advantage of the unprecedented opportunities for practical learning, research, internships, and employment on our campus, in the community, and around the world.
"I am proud to be affiliated with AU because of the unwavering support I have received from fellow students and the faculty in the Department of Anthropology. This department’s scholarship epitomizes social justice and community activism."
Erin Moriarty Harrelson
PhD Candidate
"At AU, there are so many opportunities for students to learn experientially through internships and study abroad, which in turn, create a rich learning environment in the classroom."
Annie Claus
Assistant Professor