Anthropology

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UNCW Department of Anthropology

 

Message From The Anthropology Department

 

Since its earliest years, anthropology has aspired to understand, and work to change, systems of power that produce structural violence, bigotry, racism and other forms of injustice. Our predecessors in the discipline, as have we, frequently failed in this pursuit, often failing to turn our methodological and analytical tools on our own society and ourselves. The most valuable of these tools is listening to, and learning from, those whose lived experiences are very different from our own. Without this, we will never live up to our ideals as a discipline and as a society.

 

The UNCW Anthropology Department stands in solidarity with communities of color and the struggle against racial injustice and police brutality. We stand with those protesting systemic racism in the United States and the policing racism that took the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor as its most recent victims. We stand with our Black students and colleagues at UNCW and condemn any form of violence and aggression they have experienced. We are committed to equitable treatment for all students and colleagues regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, and veteran status.

 

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 include such courses as Culture & Gender, Human Societies, Medical Anthropology, Human Origins, Human Biological Variations, 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 a chapter in Lambda Alpha Honors Society. We encourage individual research, critical thinking, and creative and analytical thought processes.



UNCW Anthropology students in lab