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Department of Anthropology

A Message From the Chair 

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Updated 6/15/2022

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Thank you and stay safe.


Wes Niewoehner

Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology

What is Anthropology?

Check out Professor Niewoehner's podcast about the Anthropology major!

'Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems. Historically, anthropologists in the United States have been trained in one of four areas: sociocultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. Anthropologists often integrate the perspectives of several of these areas into their research, teaching, and professional lives.' Source