What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of the human species. It advances our collective understanding of who we are, where we came from, how we differ from one another, and what those differences mean. Anthropology supports free inquiry about the human condition with scholarly rigor and sensitivity, and the dissemination and application of the resulting knowledge to local, national, and global communities. In the words of one of its founders, E. B. Tylor of Oxford University, anthropology is "a reformer's science." The science of anthropology is rooted in core values of mutual respect, equal rights, freedom of expression, and freedom from discrimination. As another of its early practitioners, Ruth Benedict of Columbia University, wrote, "The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human difference."

 

News

August 2017: New Faculty Announcement

​This fall, the department is pleased to welcome two faculty members to new positions.         Dr. Sara Juengst is a bioarchaeologist with a Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her research focuses on Andean civilizations in South America. She has been appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Ms. Heather mode is a forensic... August 2017: New Faculty Announcement Read more >>

August 2017: Teaching Excellence Recognition

Dr. Coral Wayland has been nominated for the Bank of America Teaching Award. This award is presented annually to recognize faculty who excel in the classroom, bringing innovative teaching strategies and approaches to learning to their students. Dr. Wayland has been recognized for her dedication to improving the learning environment and willingness to support new teaching strategies with both... August 2017: Teaching Excellence Recognition Read more >>

June 2016: Three new faculty join the department

The Department of Anthropology is pleased that three new faculty will be joining the department beginning in August, 2016.  Dr. Sara Juengst is a bioarchaeologist with a Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her research focuses on Andean civilizations in South America. She has been appointed for a two-year Lecturer position. Lydia Light is a primatologist who is... June 2016: Three new faculty join the department Read more >>

April 2015: NSF Grant supports multi-location conference on social sustainability

On April 8-10, 2015, the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS) held its third annual meeting.  Unlike in past years, when the annual meeting was held at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, this conference took place simultaneously at 5 sites across the globe, linked together by online technology.  Participants gathered in Charlotte, Lansing MI, Phoenix, AZ, Bend... April 2015: NSF Grant supports multi-location conference on social sustainability Read more >>

Dena Shenk receives 2015 de Silva Award

Dena Shenk, professor of anthropology and graduate coordinator of the Gerontology Program, is the 2015 recipient of the Harshini V. de Silva Award; the honor is presented annually to a faculty member who best exemplifies de Silva’s commitment to graduate students. Colleagues regard Shenk as an exceptional graduate mentor who has had an influential impact on the Gerontology Program. “Dr. Shenk... Dena Shenk receives 2015 de Silva Award Read more >>