Anthropology studies all aspects of human culture past and present, including human biological and cultural diversity, human origins, and the emergence and development of cultural complexity.
Our students learn to analyze material artifacts, preserve heritage, understand multicultural
environments and solve problems related to globalization. Anthropology majors gain
the varied skills needed to succeed in the increasingly complex societies and communities
of the 21st century. The anthropology major prepares students for diverse careers
in business, healthcare, education, government, NGOs, museums, historical preservation,
etc. Anthropological skills and knowledge are in high demand today. According to
the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of anthropologists and archaeologists
is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all
occupations" (US Department of Labor).
Our program focuses on two subfields of anthropology: cultural anthropology and archaeology. Our faculty offer a variety of courses that cover topics such as violence and warfare, historical archaeology, prehistoric archaeology, religion, Africa, food, medical anthropology and migration in cultural anthropology. The Archaeology Lab offers opportunities to volunteer or conduct independent research. The student-run organization, Anthropology Student Union, provides opportunities to develop leadership skills and engage with anthropology through field trips, guest lectures, and other events.