The Department of Anthropology deals with human culture and biology, past and present. 

There are four subfields of Anthropology:

  1. Archaeology deals with excavation and the interpretation of material remains left by past cultures.
  2. Physical Anthropology explores humans and their ancestors as biological entities.
  3. Cultural Anthropology focuses on the role of culture in society from local and global perspectives.
  4. Linguistic Anthropology studies the interaction of culture and language.

Commitment to Excellence

Our faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and research. Our department represents a wide range of interests, including:

  • Anthropology of food
  • Anthropology of religion and ritual
  • Archaeological method and theory
  • Archaeology of the Americas
  • Cultural resources management
  • Lakota Studies
  • Museum Studies 
  • Native American Anthropology
  • Paleoethnobotany
  • Zooarchaeology