The subfields of anthropology deal with humans and their behavior over the past 3 million years.  The study of anthropology is so broad that the definition that best fits is that anthropology is what anthropologists do, from excavating and interpreting crime scenes to studying video games or excavating medieval cottages.

News in Brief

  • Our department offers the Susan Tuve Award, available to anthropology majors.
  • VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota’s Anthropology Department announced recently that five undergraduate students have been chosen to receive the South Dakota State Historical Society Award for student service. Students Alec Anton, Aaron Mayer, Zach Nelson, Jesse Van Maanen, and Bridget Wilds were selected for their volunteer work at state archaeological sites.

  • On Wednesday, September 2 at 3pm, the College of Arts & Sciences will be presenting a roundtable discussion in MUC 211 entitled “What Can I Do With a Degree in the Liberal Arts & Sciences?” This event is designed to provide students with information about the principles of a liberal arts education and the wide range of majors and minors in Arts & Sciences, to explore the career and professional opportunities related to these areas of study, and to allow students to ask questions about these issues. Jill Tyler, Chair, Communication Studies, will moderate a discussion with faculty, advisors, and students. We also expect that representatives from many of the departments in the College will be available to provide more specific information about their programs. Refreshments will be provided. Although this event is geared especially for undecided students, all are welcome.

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Department of Anthropology
East Hall, Room 109
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069


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