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The School of Anthropology enjoys a long tradition of academic excellence, and today is ranked one of the top five programs in the United States. 

About the School




The systematic study of human behavior and society using material culture and environmental data

Biological Anthropology

Weaves a diverse multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the biological evolution of humans and our closest relatives

Linguistic Anthropology

The study of language as a social and cultural practice

Sociocultural Anthropology

Combines theoretical and methodological innovation with a strong commitment to fieldwork and to ethnographic writing


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Degree Programs

The most important things I've learned are how to conduct research thoughtfully and apply scientific knowledge compassionately. As a student in Anthropology classes, I deeply appreciated how the faculty emphasize reflecting on our methods and intentions as scholars. This self-examination is at the core of producing serviceful scholarship.

- Henry Gorton, Class of 2021

Visionary Faculty

Travel to Central America to study the Maya civilization with professors of archaeology Takeshi Inomata and Daniela Triadan.

As part of their research, they excavate remains of the early Maya, sometimes digging more than 10 meters deep!

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