Welcome! The Anthropology Department offers students various hands-on research training through our courses, laboratories, and field schools.
What is Anthropology?
"The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences" ~Ruth Benedict (anthropologist, 1887-1948)
What makes us human? Anthropology is a discipline concerned with people in their entirety: our evolution and physical variation, the remnants of our prehistoric past, the cultural and linguistic diversity of human societies past and present. We are a marketable degree based on marketing data and Department of Labor statistics.
Anthropology has four subfields: archaeology, anthropological linguistics, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology. An anthropological education begins with taking courses representative of all four subfields.
The Anthropology Major
Besides a total of 36 hours of coursework, we require a two-sequence senior thesis capstone experience. This is a research project undertaken under the mentorship of an anthropology faculty member and it is presented at an oral defense. The project teaches the student how to conduct research and to synthesize it for public presentation.