Anthropology is the study of humankind, a multidisciplinary endeavor that crosses the usual divides between social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. In order to tackle this complicated subject from different angles, the discipline of anthropology is often divided into four fields:

  • Archaeology, which uses the material evidences of archaeological sites and artifacts to reconstruct past societies and interpret their behaviors;
  • Biological anthropology, which seeks to understand humankind from a biological perspective, including the study of human origins, primate relatives, and human biological diversity;
  • Cultural anthropology, which describes and compares living human cultures in order to understand human cultural diversity; and
  • Linguistic anthropology, which studies different systems of human communication in order to understand how culture is shared and maintained.

The Department of Anthropology offers the following undergraduate degrees and minors. Click on each link to see a description of the major or minor program requirements. To add a new major or minor, complete a change major form (available online here).

A list of all anthropology courses offered by the department can be found here. Profiles and contact information for our faculty and staff are available here.

Additional information about our program, including information about student research and scholarship opportunities, can be found on our Undergraduate Resources page.