Anthropology

As a discipline, anthropology studies human diversity across time and space, attempting to understand the human past, present, and future using tools and techniques from various sub-fields like biological anthropology, archaeology, and sociocultural anthropology. It utilizes a comparative approach between people/populations and among different species to understand the forces that have shaped their ways of life

You are a human. What could be more rewarding than studying the origins and diversity of human biology and behavior? By studying Anthropology, you open the door to the opportunity to reflect on how and why different people and populations have developed similar and different characteristics in their biology and behaviors.

Our faculty pursues research in disease diagnostics and other biomarkers, Global and One Health, ecological anthropology, forensic anthropology, fossil excavation, modern Mayan cultures, DNA analyses, GIS, and both historic and prehistoric archaeology. Research sites include Central and Latin America, the Caribbean, West, East, and South Africa, near Eastern Mediterranean, and Texas. All of these projects offer excellent opportunities for students to participate in primary research working alongside their professors.

The Department currently offers the following undergraduate degrees:

  • BS in Anthropology, concentration in General Anthropology
  • BS in Anthropology, concentration in Forensic Anthropology
  • BS in Anthropology, concentration in Health
  • BA in Anthropology, concentration in Archaeology
  • BA in Anthropology, concentration in Environmental Anthropology
  • Secondary major in Anthropology
  • Minor in Forensic Science

Graduates frequently go on to complete advanced studies in archaeology, biological anthropology, applied anthropology, medical anthropology, history, museum studies, geology, social work, medicine, public health, law, law enforcement, forensics, education, and others. Because Anthropology is a subject of constant change, it equips people with the transferable skills necessary to fulfill a variety of jobs, from government, private, and non-profit positions in healthcare, education, conservation, among many others. 

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