Anthropology fosters the study of our human species in all of its diversity through space and time: from our prehuman 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.
Anthropology students will have the opportunity to study past and present cultures in areas including Mesoamerica and North America through research programs with anthropology faculty and student fieldwork in summer archaeological field schools in the Northeast. You can also study the interactions between local societies and the global economy, the evolution of past societies, and the relationship of human health to the environment.
Professor of Anthropology Robert Rosenswig discusses how early American kingdoms mirror similar ancient communities found in the Iron Age and Medieval Europe in a new article for American Anthropologist – pointing to how the hundreds of thousands of smaller states that have existed over time played a role in shaping the world we live in today.
Three scholars from the indigenous peoples of the Northeast visited UAlbany on Monday, lauding the University’s recent efforts to have greater inclusion of indigenous communities, but adding that action must proceed beyond acknowledgments.
Hearst Foundations has granted the University at Albany $1 million to expand the fellowship program of the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities. With the grant, the center will be able to recruit five new fellows, according to a news release sent out Tuesday. Established in 2016 with funding from the National Institute of Minority Health disparities, the fellowship program brings in scholars from underrepresented, marginalized communities — many of whom have first-hand experience with the disparities the program studies.