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Welcome to the Department of Anthropology


is the study of the origin, history, and nature of people and cultures. It explains the relationships between biology, culture, and the environments in which people live. Anthropology addresses modern problems such as the integration of cultural and ethnic diversity, the conduct of international relations, human rights, and the management of environmental and cultural resources.

The faculty of the Department of Anthropology are experts in analyzing human differences in the context of the material (political and economic) conditions of life. We are concerned with the interaction of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and other variables in human affairs, and with the consequences of these relationships for social change and development.

Drawing on the resources of our Museum of Anthropology, we are concerned with how the material world expresses and sustains human relationships and ways of thinking.