With 17 faculty members and nearly 200 majors, we are the largest undergraduate-only anthropology department in the United States. The Department of Anthropology is committed to a comparative and holistic approach to the study of the human experience. The anthropological perspective provides a broad understanding of the origins as well as the meaning of physical and cultural diversity in the world - past, present, and future. As such, the program in anthropology offers the opportunity for understanding world affairs and problems within the total context of the human experience and for constructing solutions to world problems which are firmly grounded in that context. Cultural anthropologists study people and their cultural practices and beliefs both within and outside of the United States as well as the topics of identity, power, inequality, and social praxis. Archaeologists study the material culture of past peoples in order to reconstruct their cultures, traditions, and practices in order to understand both what came before and how this may help us understand the present. Biological anthropologists study primate evolution and behavioral ecology, human biological variation, biocultural adaptations, bioarchaeology, and human paleontology. Together, we strive to understand both past and present variation in human societies. [ Why study anthropology? ]

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Five anthropology majors successfully defend honors theses

Five anthropology majors successfully defended honors theses this academic year to earn Departmentental Honors and/or graduate from the Honors College...

Rachel Anderson selected for the American Indian Language Development Institute

Anthropology major, Rachel Anderson, has been selected to participate in this summer's American Indian Language Development Institute at the...

Hannah Broome named as a recipient of the 2019-2020 Dr. L. Jill Loucks Outstanding Senior Award

Hannah Broome has been selected as a recipient of the 2019-2020 Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Award for Outstanding Senior in Anthropology. Ev...

Lia Kitteringham named as a recipient of the 2019-2020 Dr. L. Jill Loucks Outstanding Senior Award

Lia Kitteringham has been selected as a recipient of the 2019-2020 Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Award for Outstanding Senior in Anthropology. Ever...

Rachel Anderson selected as recipient of Loucks Memorial Scholarship

Rachel Anderson has been selected as the 2020-2021 recipient of the Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology. This scholarship is ...

Bobbie Shreiner selected as recipient of Weller Memorial Scholarship

Bobbie Shreiner has been selected as the 2020-2021 recipient of the Stephen Richard Weller Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology. The Weller ...

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  • Makenzie Cash, Biological Anthropology major

    Makenzie Cash is a third-year Biological Anthropology student and notably, a primatology enthusiast. However, she first came into interest with non-human primates by thinking about what it means to be a human. After encountering situations of interpersonal violence and sexual assault, Makenzie began to inquire about human experience and what defines it, primarily because of the dehumanizing effects that trauma can have. This lead to her first interest in anthropology to be forensic anthropology, so she began taking classes in Biological Anthropology.