From our Department Head
Anthropology, as the “science of humans,” is the discipline that studies human diversity, through time and globally, and focuses on human and other primate adaptations on our planet. What that teaches us is that humans have a huge range of experiences and many ways of living. None of our societies is perfect, but all societies have contributed valuable and creative discoveries and perspectives. We all share in the great adventure of living life to its fullest within the circumstances we have.
Anthropologists are committed also to figuring out how to make things better for human societies—how to solve the grand challenges while respecting differences, to live as neighbors on one small planet, helping one another to achieve fulfillment, peace, justice, and freedom. We apply anthropological knowledge and perspectives to work collaboratively with those who work on economic development, food security, human rights, technological improvements, and peace initiatives.
There are many ideological differences in societies of the world today, but we have only one planet. We hope that anthropological research, teaching, and service will contribute to creating a world where human rights are honored and human dignity is the common goal. We seek to prepare our graduates with the skills and experiences they will need for a broad spectrum of careers that contribute to human well-being. In Anthropology, students and faculty work on global challenges, often working in interdisciplinary teams. Anthropologists participate in summer field schools and study abroad programs around the world, local community projects, and other hands-on research.
We invite you to join us as we explore human diversity across time and space, and as we work toward solutions to the grand challenges of our time.
Ellen Gruenbaum, Department Head and Professor of Anthropology
Anthropologists can help change the world. We do this, in part, by making sure our graduates are prepared with the skills and experiences they will need for a broad spectrum of careers. In Anthropology, you will work on global problems in interdisciplinary teams. You can participate in summer field schools around the world, study abroad, and do other hands-on research. We are committed to exploring human diversity across time and space. We invite you to join us!
8/14/2017- Click here to see an update on comings and goings in the Department of Anthropology this fall!
5/11/2017 - Congratulations to Michele Buzon! Dr. Buzon is the recipient of the 2017 Research and Scholarship Distinction Award for her work in bioarchaeology. This is one of the University's top three research honors. You can read more about Dr. Buzon’s groundbreaking research here.
5/2/2017 - Congratulations to anthropology senior, Jennifer Wise for receiving funding from the Center for Environment for paid summer research working with Dr. Jennifer L. Johnson!