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

Our students will explore the four disciplines of Anthropology, including:

  1. Archaeology (excavation and interpretation of remains left by past cultures)
  2. Physical Anthropology (human biology and its relationships to culture and behavior)
  3. Cultural Anthropology (the role of culture in society from local and global perspectives)
  4. Linguistic Anthropology (the interaction of culture and language)

Research Strengths

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