Our undergraduate program offers a broad-based perspective on human conditions, past and present. The department focuses especially on issues of human biology, human health in cross-cultural context, and the social, economic, political, ideological, technological, and environmental diversity of life around the world.
The department provides students with the methods, theories, and knowledge that underlie the advanced study of human biology and human social and cultural life. We furnish students opportunities for experiential learning through original laboratory, ethnographic, and archaeological research. Interactive classes and innovative learning contexts provide significant opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research with personalized supervision that culminates in professional products, including conference presentations and faculty-student publications. These experiences foster the strong sense of community between students and faculty that is a hallmark of our department and enhance the humanism and scientific approaches that define the field of anthropology.
The department also emphasizes key skills in writing, critical thinking, analysis, and interpretation. These skills and anthropology’s education in culture, society, and biology are essential for engaging the complexities of the world and seeking professional employment and graduate study.