Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Anthropology as a Discipline

Anthropology bridges the social and physical sciences as the study of what it means to be human. By examining diverse cultures, societies, and biological experiences, anthropologists provide a unique and invaluable understanding of how humans adapt to the environment today and in the past.

By studying anthropology, you'll have the skills to analyze and interpret diverse human experiences and perspectives. You'll also gain the skills to solve pressing global problems associated with cross-cultural communication and diverse ways of seeing the world.

Our Program

Our program takes a four-field approach to anthropology. This means you'll take courses in:

  • Archaeology (the study of human-made objects and how they shape our lives)
  • Biological anthropology (how biology is shaped by environmental and social conditions)
  • Cultural anthropology (how people live and understand the world around them)
  • Linguistic anthropology (how language shapes culture)

Our small class sizes ensure that you'll work closely with faculty who specialize in a wide range of topics and regions.

With an undergraduate degree in anthropology, you'll be ready for graduate study in a variety of disciplines. Our recent graduates have gone on to some of the top universities in the world including the University of Oxford, Duke University, Johns Hopkins, University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Chicago, among others. You may also choose to go directly into the professional world. Anthropologists work in a wide array of fields including:

  • Museums / Collections Management
  • Curators / Conservators
  • Cultural Resource Management (CRM) & Historic Preservation
  • Forensic Sciences & Law
  • Global Health & Public Health
  • Anatomist / Occupational Therapist / Physical Therapist
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Public Policy & Governmental Agencies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Primatologist / Primate Conservation
  • Researchers
  • Educators

*Some job opportunities may require an advanced degree (MA or PhD). Contact the department for more details.

Our Faculty

Our faculty hold expertise in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology, with specializations in the environment, medicine, gender and kinship, migration, and southeastern archaeology. Their areas of expertise include the southeastern United States, the Caribbean (the African Diaspora), Mesoamerica, and Asia. Faculty teach courses that cover the four fields, and offer advanced classes in archaeological field problems, environment and development, health and nutrition, human variation, and gender and globalization.