The anthropology department is a place of research, new ideas, innovative teaching, public engagement, and a lot of hands-on learning. Students are encouraged to challenge conventional thinking, design their education, and use what they learn to offer new perspectives on how we can respond to our present challenges.

We advance innovative thinking that integrates knowledge from the different subfields of anthropology (archaeology, linguistic anthropology, cultural, and biological anthropology).  Nationally, we are especially known for research in the anthropology of Europe, indigenous and Afro-diasporic archaeology, community-based research methods, and for leading the way in developing a biocultural perspective on human adaptation and adaptability, enhanced by a strong foundation in political economy.

In our scholarship and teaching, we are committed to respectful engagement with communities past and present, and fostering innovative forms of community-based research.  Our department and the university as a whole are committed to building respectful and lasting relationships with Native American tribes and to meeting our legal, moral, and ethical obligations to return all human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony that tribes wish to repatriate. See the university’s policy and protocols regarding The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)

Here are some of the distinctive features of our undergraduate and graduate programs offer:

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