About the Department
The Department of Anthropology is a dynamic academic unit in the College of Liberal Arts with 14 full-time faculty, including four geographers. The discipline of anthropology explores the evolution of the human condition through an examination of cultures, both past and present. We are focused on understanding the structure of the social, environmental, political, and economic systems in which humans operate. Our department focuses on three areas within anthropology including archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. We offer an anthropology major, three optional concentrations, and a minor. Our anthropology department is unique because students have the opportunity to major or minor in geography as well.
The mission of the Department of Anthropology is to:
- offer and maintain instructional programs that provide an understanding of human cultural and biological variation, in the past and present;
- conduct research in our programmatic areas of human-environment interactions, globalization and development, and health and well-being in order to advance the fields of anthropology and geography;
- actively participate in programs of interdisciplinary research. This mission is accomplished through the synergistic effects of field and laboratory research and the collaborative teaching and training of students. With regard to student training, the department values and promotes experiential training, primary data collection and analyses, and public engagement and education, all of which are considered high impact practices.
What is Anthropology? What do anthropologists research? The resources below will help answer some of your questions. Please feel free to e-mail, call or stop by our main office in Clark B216 to ask questions and get more information.
“Anthropology is an astonishingly diverse and engaged field of study that seeks to understand human social behavior. What Anthropologists Do presents a lively introduction to the ways in which anthropology’s unique research methods and cutting edge thinking contribute to a very wide range of activities: environmental issues, aid and development, advocacy, human rights, social policy, the creative arts, museums, health, education, crime, communications technology, design, marketing, and business. In short, a training in Anthropology provides highly transferable skills of investigation and analysis.”
-- What Anthropologists Do by Veronica Strang