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Anthropology Program

The Anthropology Program seeks to provide a greater understanding of humankind from a holistic perspective. To account for the complexity of humankind anthropologists focus on: 

  1. Cultural adaptations and diversity in the past (archaeology);
  2. Socio-cultural institutions and symbolic constructs in a cross-cultural perspective (socio-cultural anthropology);
  3. The origin, nature, and uses of human language (linguistics); and
  4. Human biological evolution and variation (physical anthropology).

Anthropology utilizes theories and methods from the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities, to examine humankind.

The program is strongly committed to excellence in undergraduate education and faculty scholarship achievements. Anthropology helps prepare students to actively apply their knowledge and skills to the challenges of living in an increasingly interconnected, diverse global society by exposing them to a systematic, scientific, and humanistic understanding of people and their cultures, including their own.

The program strives to achieve excellent teaching, scholarship, and public relevance. It does so with the support of the University and the local community and by engaging in self-reflection that leads to apt and pertinent changes.


Click here to view the Anthropology Academic Learning Compact (ALC).


Anthropology Student Handbook 


Helpful Anthropology Links

African Studies Association
The African Studies Association offers links to publications and information on meetings and conferences.

American Anthropological Association
AAA is a flagship organization for anthropologists in the United States. They maintain a comprehensive list of links.

Anthropology Net
This website provides a collection of anthropology resources on the internet.

Association for Asian Studies
This is the website of the Association for Asian studies, the key organization for Asian studies in the United States.

Sociocultural Theory in Anthropology
Sociocultural Anthropology has been through dramatic changes in the last 30 years. As part of their work in the Indiana University Anthropology Department's "Proseminar in Sociocultural Anthropology" students have compiled webpages covering subdisciplines within the field, important organizations and associations, changes in anthropological perspectives over time, and prominent theorists. All are valuable resources for beginning and advanced students in sociocultural anthropology.

Worldwide Email Directory of Anthropologists
WEDA is a searchable database of address and research information about anthropologists from around the world. This is a completely volunteer project, established to encourage and aid scholarly communication. Here, anthropology is taken in its widest sense, to include physical, earth, and social scientists, as well as their colleagues in the humanities. Students and scholars, applied anthropologists, professionals, and avocationalists are all very welcome! As of Nov 24, 1999, WEDA contained information on 2,020 institutions and 4,919 individuals and it is growing every day.

Anthropology in the News
Texas A&M site with links to relevant news stories published on the web by ABC, CNN, The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Nando, Archaeology, university press releases, and other sources.