The Anthropology Department offers courses in three subfields of anthropology: archaeology, cultural anthropology and physical anthropology. Archaeology is a discipline that employs a multitude of historical and scientific methods to study past societies through physical remains. Cultural anthropology is the study of shared and transmitted beliefs, behaviors and products within human societies. Physical anthropology is the study of the origins and evolution of our own species and our primate relatives.
Classes offered by the department range from large lecture to small seminar formats. Students complete a capstone senior seminar in addition to a range of area studies and theoretical or problem-oriented courses. Students in physical anthropology engage in laboratory work, while those studying archaeology perform practical research on human artifacts. The department requires independent study in the form of a practicum project conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.