Wichita State's Anthropology Department combines a diverse range of courses and concentrations, with opportunities for student-faculty research — opening doors to a wide variety of career paths.

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Founded in 1967, the Department of Anthropology at Wichita State University has grown from three faculty members to seven faculty members and five adjunct lecturers. The Holmes Museum of Anthropology, research laboratories and various field research stations are among the special facilities available to all students, both undergraduate and graduate. Anthropology combines the perspectives of the sciences and the humanities. It examines many aspects of human activity -- psychological, biological, social, and cultural -- -including technological, economic, religious, political, and artistic. An anthropologist explores the vast diversity of human cultures, striving to understand and appreciate the myriad ways of living that constitute alternative solutions to the universal problems of human existence and survival. It has a tradition of four subfields: archaeology, linguistics, cultural, and biological anthropology.