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.
News & Announcements
A journal article on the evolution of bite force efficiency in the human skull written by Anthropology graduate program alumnus Justin Ledogar (Ph.D, 2015) in collaboration with Associate Professor Dr. Adam Gordon and colleagues at other institutions has been picked up by both UPI and Phys.org, a web-based science, research and technology news service.
Dr. Louise Burkhart, Professor and Chair in the Department of Anthropology, received the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference's Harold Grimm Prize for her essay, "The 'Little Doctrine' and Indigenous Catechesis in New Spain,"Hispanic American Historical Review 94, no. 2 (2014).
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.