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Welcome to the Department of Anthropology. Founded in 1966, our department fosters the study of our human species in all of its diversity through space and time: from our prehumen ancestors to contemporary global culture. No other field offers such a comprehensive approach to what it means to be human. We have faculty conducting cutting-edge research in all four sub-fields of anthropology: biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Although anthropology numbers among the social sciences, students can gain an even broader training that spans the liberal arts, from natural science to religion and folklore. Anthropology's holistic orientation prepares students for a wide range of academic and career pursuits.

For undergraduates, we offer degrees in Anthropology, Linguistics and Cognitive Science, and Human Biology, and minors in Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, and Linguistics. For graduate students, we offer MA and PhD programs in Anthropology.

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  • Learn research skills right here in Albany and earn six credits!!!!

    Learn to lay out units, excavate, screen, map, record, photograph archaeological features in the field, and more, with Dr. Marilyn Masson at the summer 2017 Archaeology Field School.

  • 2017 President's Excellence Award

    Dr. Louise Burkhart, Professor and Chair in the Department of Anthropology, has won one of this year's President's Excellence Awards. These awards are given to those faculty and staff members who are exemplary models of the outstanding performance expected from all University employees. Awards are given for excellence in teaching, research and creative activities; academic, professional and support service and librarianship.

  • Schell receives $10 Million Endowment from the NIH

    Dr. Lawrence Schell, Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director for the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities (CEMHD), received a $10 million dollar endowment from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help create a collaborative effort focusing on minority health disparities in NY. This endeavor will encompass nearly 50 UAlbany faculty in six of UAlbany's nine schools and colleges.