The University of Tennessee, Knoxville offers three main areas of concentration within anthropology: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology. Forensic Anthropology is offered as a specialization within Biological Anthropology. In accordance with the aims and goals of forensic anthropology, the focus of our program is the application of skeletal biological techniques to the identification of decomposing and skeletal remains for law enforcement and medicolegal agencies and investigations.
Students entering our graduate program in biological anthropology should possess varied backgrounds and are encouraged to build upon those strengths. Anthropology encompasses many ancillary fields of science, and students are expected to develop other areas of expertise (i.e. microscopy, chemistry, anatomy).
Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in statistics and related areas of anthropology. Our program is highly research-oriented and our students are expected to initiate and conduct research for presentation and publication.