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Kinnaur man and baby, Himalayas, India



The Anthropology department is now located in the Academic Affairs Annex and Natural Sciences Trailer 2!

The department office and all faculty offices are now in the Academic Affairs Annex, located in Lot T, adjacent to McNeill Hall. Laboratories and classrooms are in the Natural Sciences Trailer 2, also located in Lot T, adjacent to McNeill Hall.


Welcome to the UNCW Department of Anthropology!

Anthropology is the study of humans.

Anthropology is a broad and unique field, that examines humankind both scientifically and humanistically. Anthropology looks at the human experience from a holistic, cross-cultural perspective, and encompasses several different approaches. These approaches comprise the four subfields of the discipline of Anthropology in the United States: cultural anthropology, physical/biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics.

At UNCW, we offer an undergraduate degree in Anthropology, with three possible concentrations: cultural anthropology, physical/biological anthropology, and archaeology. Our faculty is comprised of accomplished professionals in this field, from archaeologists to forensic anthropologists.

We offer a wide range of courses at all levels, varying from Primatology (the study of primates) to Forensic Osteology, and including such courses as Shamanism & Witchcraft, Culture & Gender, Human Societies, Human Origins, and Environmental Archaeology. Experiential learning opportunities include Archaeological Field Schools, lab courses in archaeology and osteology, and a practical internship immersion program. Advanced students can assist faculty members in original research. Our department also hosts an Anthropology Club and Lambda Alpha Honors Society. We encourage individual research, critical thinking, and creative and analytical thought processes.

For upcoming events, please see our Department News and Lecture Series pages!

We welcome you to explore our department website and see all that we have to offer you!


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