Undergraduate Programs


Imagine taking a course on the study of language (we call it linguistics) where you read about and research the many uses—and meanings—of the word “dude.” (AN 351 Language, Culture, and Society)

Imagine taking a course on Afghanistan from a world-renowned expert who also serves as a consultant to the United States government and armed services. (Professor Thomas Barfield)

Caitlin WarbelowThe ability that my anthropology training gave me to understand day-to-day events was something I don’t think any other subject could have given me—a totally unexpected gift I utilize to this day. Amazingly, given my previous reluctance to commit to academia as a lifestyle, I’m considering a PhD in anthropology. It just seems I can’t get it out of my head … but I guess that’s the point! Anthropology, to me, is the study of living and interacting—and I do that every day, voraciously. What better vocation could one choose?

Caitlin Warbelow CAS and CFA, 2004

Imagine taking a course on evolution from a leading bioanthropologist who has changed our understanding of how we developed from primates into humans. (Professor Matt Cartmill)

Imagine taking a course where the final project requires that you prepare and present a food particular to your culture or family. (AN 308 Food, Culture, and Society)

Welcome to the world of anthropology, where we study all aspects of human life, from our biological evolution to our modern societies, religions, languages, and economies. Our courses offer a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspective that many students find both eye-opening and inspiring.

Among our faculty are experts in the study of Islamic societies, including those found in today’s hot spots like Iran, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Turkey. Other areas of faculty expertise—like the effects of religion on politics and society, democratic transitions, and evolutionary biology—are at the forefront of current news stories.

Our department offers undergraduates the opportunity to learn from leading figures in their fields. Faculty members are accessible and involved. Students are always welcome to stop by department offices during scheduled hours. Our program coordinator, Kathy Kwasnica, recently received the CAS Student Savior Award for her supportive role in assisting our undergraduates.

We welcome you to peruse our website and to consider joining our 150 majors and 70 minors.  For further information, check out our anthropology student club website Anthropology in the Works.

Cheryl Knott
Director of Undergraduate Studies