• Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Anthropology

Anthropology: A 21st Century Major

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.

 Anthropologists explore the…

  • Global diversity of human cultures,
  • History and prehistory of human groups,
  • Linguistic diversity and modes of communication of people and groups,
  • Biological diversity and evolutionary history of humans and our primate relatives.

The study of Anthropology provides students with the intellectual and practical skills for navigating our complex, global, 21st century world by…

  • Encouraging cross-cultural and international experiences and providing a means for understanding cultures and ways of life, our own as well as others,
  • Combining classroom study with real world experience via field schools, involvement in faculty research in the field and the lab, and internships in the broader community and workplace,
  • Providing a broad Liberal Arts education emphasizing critical thinking, close reading, and both persuasive and analytical writing skills,
  • Exploring the meanings of human diversity across both time and space, including biological, cultural, and linguistic diversity.

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
Cultural Anthropology

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
Biological Anthropology

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.

Archaeological Field Site

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.

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News & Events

Dr. Anemone elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Anthropology Department to host BioAnthropology Conference.

Two Learning Community students are published authors!

Dr. Nash to talk about Peruvian field school on Wed.11/19 at noon. Bring your lunch!

Dr. Stine to offer local Historical Archaeology field school (ATY 378) during the first summer session 2015.

Dr. Briana Pobiner from the Smithsonian Institution will speak on "Communicating Human Evolution" on Monday 11/3 at 5pm in Graham 212.

Dr.Anemone explains to kids why the dinosaurs went extinct on WFMY Channel 2.

Dr. Egeland to talk about Olduvai Gorge field school on Wed.10/22 at noon. Bring your lunch!

Dr. Anemone's fieldwork in Wyoming was recently profiled by the North Carolina Now show on UNC-TV

Dr. Anemone to talk about using Drones in the field on Wed.10/8 at noon. Bring your lunch!

Anthropology Department to offer two International Field Schools Summer 2015.

Series of Brown Bag Talks announced.

Dr. Murphy in Mexico on Fulbright

A Whole New World

Digging Smarter, with Satellite Imagery

Applied Anthropology in the Hi-Tech Workplace

Listen to podcast with Dr. Anemone at Greensboro Science Center

Historical Archaeologist to give talk at UNCG on March 21.

Ashby Dialogue on Human Adaptation coming Spring 2014

Internship opportunity for Anthropology students

Senior Anthro Majors research presentations in ATY 595

New Publications by Dr. Donna Nash

Anthropology Student Research Seminar

Dorothy Davis is Anthropology's Outstanding Alumna for 2013!

UNCG Anthropology to offer 2 International Field Schools, summer 2014!

New Grant Funding for UNCG Anthropologists!

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Meet the New Dept. Chair

Robert Anemone

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.

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Upcoming Conferences

Our Faculty members are presenting their research at conferences all over the world.

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