The mission of the Anthropology Department at Colorado State University is:
- To offer and maintain instructional programs that provide an understanding of people and their cultures, past and present, related to the structure of the social, environmental, political and economic systems in which humans operate.
- To conduct research in our programmatic areas within the various sub-disciplines of anthropology, in order to advance and expand knowledge in the field of anthropology.
- To participate actively in programs of interdisciplinary research. One of the ways we accomplish these things is through the synergistic effects of an active program of field and laboratory research as well as the teaching and training of students.
To fulfill our mission, the Department of Anthropology currently has 17 full-time faculty, including four Geographers. Six of these also serve as advising faculty in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE), four are faculty at the CSU Colorado School of Public Health - Global Health and Health Disparities Concentration, and three are advising faculty within the Sociology Department. Currently, we have 204 undergraduate majors, 76 undergraduate minors and 49 master’s students.