About the Department

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Anthropology is the integrative study of human beings at all times and in all places. Within this broad field of study, three thematic and overlapping concentrations form the focus of our department.

These innovative concentrations consider humans as their lives are framed simultaneously by cultural meanings, the social systems in which they participate, and the biology and ecology of the human species in its evolutionary context and contemporary variation.

We also house programs in medical anthropology and archaeology, the latter in close association with the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, along with less formal working groups.