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 Members Lead Student Researchers in Charlotte Project this Summer

   August 15, 2018

This summer Dr. Freidus and Dr. Peterson helped lead the Beatties Ford Road Research Experience for Undergraduates, funded by the National Science Foundation, and focused on food, healthcare, and housing on the West End Corridor of Charlotte. Three UNCC students participated, Lauren Stewart, Gabe Cartagena, and Brandon Thomson.  More info: ...

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New Faculty Announcement

   August 1, 2018

​The Department of Anthropology welcomes Dr. Lydia Light as our most recent tenure-track faculty member. Dr. Light is a biological anthropologist and primate behavioral ecologist with a PhD from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research focuses on identifying the ways in which nonhuman primates, specifically small apes in Southeast Asia, modify behaviors to cope with...

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Faculty Member In the Press

   July 15, 2018

Dr. Jonathan Marks was recently quoted in two news articles over this past summer. In May, Dr. Marks commented (click here for full article) on consumer DNA and ancestry tests, questioning the importance of the information consumers are seeking. In July, Dr Marks...

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