Anthropology is the holistic study of the human experience. What this means is that Anthropologists share an interest in all aspects of being human, both in today’s world and in the past. Our field exists at the intersection of the Humanities, the Social Sciences, and the Natural Sciences, and appeals to a diverse group of students who come to Anthropology from many different backgrounds with diverse life experiences and varied intellectual interests.
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Studying Anthropology can be a transformative experience for many students. While not all Anthropology majors will become practicing anthropologists, many will find that their anthropological education informs their personal life, their career choices, and even the way they see the world long after graduation.
The Anthropology Faculty and Staff at UNCG welcome you to the study of Anthropology, a truly 21st century major!
Cultural Anthropology (or Social Anthropology) is the study of behavior, material objects, traditions, practices, beliefs and values within societies. Cultural anthropologists seek to understand cultural, political, economic, and environmental dynamics at local, national, regional and global levels. Cultural anthropology has an applied perspective whereby anthropologists seek local solutions to contemporary problems in such fields as education, business, the environment, health, human rights and social justice.
Biological Anthropology (or Physical Anthropology) is the study of the biology of living and fossil humans and the other members of the Order Primates. It utilizes an explicitly evolutionary approach to understand Homo sapiens as a member of the biological world. It includes subspecialties like paleoanthropology, skeletal biology, forensics, primatology, genetics, and human biology.
Archaeology is the study of human behavior and human societies as revealed by the recovery and analysis of the material culture and evidence of the environmental context of human existence in the historic and prehistoric past. The archaeological record begins several million years ago with the first stone tools, and continues to be formed today by a multitude of activities of modern humans.
Our new Department Head is Dr. Robert L. Anemone, a biological anthropologist and paleoanthropologist who comes to UNCG after 17 years at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Our Faculty members are presenting their research at conferences all over the world.