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."



Archaeology Field School This Summer!

The department is now finalizing details for this summer's Archaeology Field School. If you would like to earn course credit while you gain hands-on experience in archaeology in the Charlotte area, please sign up today. Don't miss this great opportunity! Details can be found on the field school page here (https://anthropology.uncc.edu/archaeology-field-school) Archaeology Field School This Summer! Read more >>

Upcoming Conference at UNC Charlotte

The Anthropology Department at UNC Charlotte will be hosting  the fifth Skeletal Biology in the Carolinas annual meeting on campus on February 10, 2018. For more information, visit the conference website here. Upcoming Conference at UNC Charlotte Read more >>

November 2017: Faculty Member Comments on Voluntourism

Dr. Andrea Freidus has recently written an article for The Conversation critiquing the practice of volunteer tourism, especially among orphans and vulnerable children. While the practice is problematic, she argues that reframing these trips with a focus on cultural understanding and exchange as opposed to "helping" and "saving" others could be fruitful in expanding our compassion and acceptance of... November 2017: Faculty Member Comments on Voluntourism Read more >>

August 2017: Small Research Grant

Dr. Lydia Light was recently awarded the Deb Moore Award for Early Career Primatologists. The grant will fund Dr. Light’s upcoming summer research investigating climate-related changes in food availability for one population of small, endangered apes living at the driest extreme of their distribution. August 2017: Small Research Grant Read more >>

September 2017: Newly Published Book

Dr. Sara Juengst has just co-authored a new book. Juengst and Becker's edited volume "The Bioarchaeology of Community" investigates how skeletons can teach us about past communities and social organizations. The 28th volume in the Archaeological Papers of the AAA series, the book focuses on novel combinations of methods and theory to highlight the ways past people lived and interacted with each... September 2017: Newly Published Book Read more >>