Gorilla Skull Close-upAbout the Department

Since its inception more than 50 years ago, the Department of Anthropology has contributed significantly to the Capitol region and beyond through excellence in teaching and scholarship. The department has contributed significantly to the university’s academic environment. The department subscribes to the four-field approach to anthropology and provides students a sound foundation in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology. The faculty’s scholarly and teaching interests represent a wide range of thematic foci and spans diverse parts of the world. The department is committed to a well-rounded core program of study that provides the necessary foundation in the discipline while allowing students the space to pursue and develop their individual topics of interests.

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Field Schools

The Anthropology Department periodically runs archaeological field schools to provide students with field and laboratory training in archaeological techniques. Field schools are offered in the spring or summer and vary in length and intensity. Previous field schools have been held in the eastern Sierra Nevada near the town of Mammoth Lakes, the Dry Lakes Basins of western Nevada, and China Lake. The Department also assists students in locating field opportunities with other universities, agencies, and private companies.

Scholarships/Employment Opportunities

Limited student assistantships are sometimes available in the Department to qualified anthropology students. Other work and internships are available through the ARC and Anthropology Museum. The Anthropology Department also annually awards the John W. Connor Scholarship Award, the Richard Reeve Award, and the Academic Achievement Award to graduating anthropology majors who have demonstrated a high level of academic excellence.