Baylor Anthropology

Welcome from the Chair

We live in a world that is rapidly changing - be it our means of communication, transportation technologies, energy needs, social networking mediums, health care systems or responses to global, environmental, and climate change.

Anthropology is a unique discipline, both in terms of its approach to understanding human behavior and in terms of its methodology. Our discipline offers a perspective that allows examination and understanding of our history across all geographical regions and through time, as well as the use of this information to address contemporary problems by the applied practitioners of our discipline.

With our expert faculty and excellent resources, we in the Baylor Anthropology Program are committed to introducing students to the fundamental principles and basic theoretical frameworks of our discipline and to exposing them, through hands-on experiential learning, to the methodologies by which we study humans and their behavior cross-culturally.

It is our intent to provide first-rate opportunities for our students to pursue a rewarding career in anthropology. I invite you to take a few moments to browse our website to learn more about our community and the opportunities that await you. Welcome!

Dr. Garrett Cook, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Anthropology

What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is a broadly based discipline that explores human diversity through time and space. It is a holistic discipline that examines the entirety of the human condition - including biology, society, culture and language. Anthropology is both historical and comparative, examining cross-cultural information from different populations and across time periods.

Why Study Anthropology?

  • Learn from world-class anthropologists who work internationally
  • Work closely with faculty mentors on cutting-edge research
  • Be an anthropologist in the summer and participate in anthropological fieldwork
  • Gain experience in archaeological field and lab techniques
  • Learn GIS and other critical analysis tools
  • Develop research, writing and critical thinking skills applicable to many fields
  • Prepare for graduate school and a future as a professional anthropologist