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

Sept. 24, 2013: Professor Marks speaks at UNC Charlotte Center City

Professor Jonathan Marks will be the first speaker of the academic year in the Personally Speaking series, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Jon will speak about his book Why I am Not a Scientist: Anthropology and Modern Knowledge.  This event will be held at the UNC Charlotte Center City building (320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte 28202), and is open to the university... Sept. 24, 2013: Professor Marks speaks at UNC Charlotte Center City Read more >>

Alicia Messick

M.A. Degrees awarded by the department

Ms. Alicia Messick earned the first M.A. degree in Anthropology at UNC Charlotte on May 11, 2013.  M.A. Degrees awarded by the department Read more >>

April 2013: Graduate Student Publishes Field Research in Primatology

Ms. Danay Downing, an M.A. student focusing on primatology, published "Species and Habitat Variation in Activity Profiles Among White-Faced Capuchin and Black-Mantled Howler Monkeys" as the cover article in Anthro Journal (March 1, 2013).  This article derives from her research during Summer, 2012 in Costa Rica, supported by the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy Scholarship for Education and... April 2013: Graduate Student Publishes Field Research in Primatology Read more >>