Anthropology is the study of the biology, society, and culture of humans and their nearest biological relatives, past and present. Anthropologists focus on the nature and history of the human condition in all times and in all places, addressing a wide range of evolutionary and behavioral issues of interest to the social and biological sciences.
The Department of Anthropology at The Ohio State University is a leader in providing high quality programs in its student learning and research experiences. Nationally, the department ranks 4th in its degree programs generally; its Ph.D. program ranks 5th. We offer a wide range of educational and research opportunities through teaching, field work, and other activities in biological anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology. Our scientific orientation emphasizes evolution, ecology, diet, adaptation, and health in past and living societies.