About Us

Anthropology: The Study of Humankind, Past and Present.

Professor with skulls

Dr. Scott McGraw with a monkey skull collected from nests of crowned hawk eagles in Tai Forest, Ivory Coast

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.

Whether you're looking to dig in to the past at an archaeological site or wanting to understand the interaction of genders and cultures in current societies, Anthropology offers students a chance to better understand humankind – getting to know the past and present and affecting the future of our world.

Are you exploring our site because...

  • You're considering a future in Anthropology – as an undergraduate or graduate student?
  • You're a parent of a prospective student and you're trying to figure out just what Anthropology is all about?
  • You're just curious and want to know more?
  • Whatever your reason, we welcome you and hope that this site answers your questions about our Department and the exciting, ever-evolving world of Anthropology. If you have additional questions as you explore the site, please contact us.