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." Read more >>

Recent News

Faculty member co-authors article on beer in ancient times

Dr. Juengst write about beer in Andes archaeology
   March 1, 2019

In this article (click here for link to article), Dr. Juengst and her co-author Celeste Gagnon investigate how bones can show if a person drank beer during their lifetime. This is particularly useful for studying peoples of the Andes, where beer was made from corn and was central to ritual celebrations and...

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Summer study abroad

Summer Study Abroad - Thailand
   January 10, 2019

Interested in biodiversity conservation? Have a desire to experience another culture? Join us on the innaugural Thailand: Exploring Culture and Conservation trip! Dr. Lydia Light will be taking a group of undergraduates to Thailand this summer for a study abroad course in which students will earn three credits in anthropology and three credits in biology. Students will spend more than two...

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Faculty Member Publishes Two Articles In Bioarchaeology

   October 29, 2018

Dr. Sara Juengst recently published two new articles on her ongoing research in Bolivia. The first of these (click here for link) uses skeletal evidence to argue for a loack of social stratification among...

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