Department of Anthropology

Anthropology is the comparative study of human biological and cultural diversity—as seen over time in human evolution, and as seen around the globe in the range of cultures and societies that define our modern age. Our cultural anthropology faculty are at the forefront of research in the study of modern religion, politics, and society; youth culture, gender, food, and sexuality; public anthropology; human rights and democratic transitions; and the anthropology of cross-cultural psychology and morality. Our biological anthropology faculty are at the cutting edge of paleoanthropological research on primates and other mammals, the evolution of human locomotion, evolutionary biology, and primate ecology. Faculty bring expertise and enthusiasm to their teaching.

For undergraduates, we offer two courses of study:

  • Our social anthropology coursework prepares students for careers in law, business, international relations, development, and related fields.
  • Our biological anthropology coursework prepares students for careers in medicine and health sciences.

Both courses of study also prepare students well for the strongest graduate programs in the field. We also offer a joint major in anthropology & religion, as well as minors in anthropology and medical anthropology.

The opportunity to pursue honors in the major is available to academically qualified students. Study abroad is strongly encouraged.