Why Anthropology?

Anthropology offers perspectives on issues of the origins, history, and diversity of the dynamics of culture and behavior, people and places, personal and community identity, origins and the biological history of humankind in all of its manifestations in all times. Anthropology is holistic and explores psychological, biological, social and cultural — including technological, economic, religious, political, and artistic — aspects of human action.

Anthropologists examine the vast diversity of human cultures, striving to understand and appreciate the myriad ways of life that constitute alternative solutions to the universal problems of human existence. By combining the perspective of science and the humanities, archaeologists, socio-cultural anthropologists, linguistic anthropologists, and biological anthropologists take an interdisciplinary, evolutionary, and humanistic approach to the study of human beings and human societies.

The department offers a broad range of courses for undergraduate majors, minors, and general education requirements. The curriculum spans socio-cultural, archaeological and biological emphases, but also includes complementary courses in medical, linguistic, and museum studies in anthropology. The coursework provides students with opportunities to learn about, appreciate, and understand the values and perspectives of people from cultural traditions other than their own and also addresses their abilities to interact cross-culturally.


Graduate Students

Prospective Graduate Student

Our graduate students research a diversity of topics in archaeology, biological anthropology and forensics, and cultural anthropology. We are proud to offer approximately 80% of our graduate students with financial support from the Department of Anthropology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences over the course of their residence.