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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206
The College of Liberal Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Anthropology. The Department of Anthropology is home to about 380 undergraduate majors. Our students gain a broad perspective of the discipline by taking introductory courses in cultural anthropology, archaeology, and physical anthropology. Students then choose electives to focus on one or more areas of anthropology depending upon their academic and career goals.

So what is Anthropology?

Anthropology is people: it is the comparative study of the human species. Because our species exhibits great diversity, anthropologists study the whole spectrum of human existence across time and space to address fundamental questions about what we are and why.

What do all the different manifestations of the human species have in common? How did this common core of humanity come into being? What forces shaped it? Can our knowledge of the human species help us to better the human condition? What are the underlying causes and mechanisms of racial, gender, and class inequality? These are the questions that lie at the heart of anthropology.

Our department is made up of a diverse and engaging faculty with strengths in the following subfields:

Social Anthropology

Archaeology

Physical Anthropology

Linguistic Anthropology

Cultural Forms

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