Department of Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humankind from its beginnings to the present day.  Many disciplines concern themselves with the human, but only anthropology seeks to understand the whole panorama of human existence - in geographic space and evolutionary time - through comparative and holistic study.

The research interests of our 13 full-time faculty members reflect the broad mandate of anthropology as a discipline. We cover the traditional four subfields of anthropology, archeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and socio-cultural anthropology; this includes strengths in forensic anthropology and the anthropology of health.

Did you know?

  • Anthropologists find rewarding careers in governmental and international agencies, business and industry, universities and colleges, and many other areas!
  • The word anthropology is derived from the Greek anthropos ("human") and logia ("study").
  • Nothing human is alien to anthropology!

New: Focus in the Anthropology of Health (beginning in Fall 2016)

Visit our Anthropology of Health page for more information on this exciting new focus which emphasizes the effects of cultural and socioeconomic processes on biological and health outcomes in human populations. Open to all students who have the required prerequisites, whether from an Arts or a Science background.