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."

 

Full Tuition Funding Opportunity for MA Program

We have been selected for a pilot funding program for our MA program in Anthropology. We will be able to provide full tuition for our Fall 2017 admitted students  for two years. While the deadline for out-of-state students has passed, NC residents are still eligible to apply for the tuition funding until May 1. For more information, please contact Dr. Nicole Peterson at npeterson@uncc.edu.

News

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 >>

Sectarianism in the Middle East topic of Great Decisions talk

Joyce Dalsheim, assistant professor in the Department of Global, International and Area Studies, will discuss sectarianism in the Middle East as the fifth speaker in the 2015 Great Decisions lecture series.  This free, public presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, at UNC Charlotte Center City. Dalsheim is a cultural anthropologist who studies nationalism, religion and the... Sectarianism in the Middle East topic of Great Decisions talk Read more >>

June 2014: New department chair

The department is pleased to announce that Prof.  Steven Falconer will join us in January, 2015, as department chair.  Dr. Falconer is currently Head of the Department of Archaeology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.  He is an archaeologist whose research focuses on the rise and evolution of urban societies in the Mediterranean and Near East.  He has conducted... June 2014: New department chair Read more >>