Mission Statement

The UNCG Department of Anthropology strives for excellence in research, teaching, and service. We are firmly committed to the pursuit of anthropological knowledge while engaging our students in a productive, humanistic, and applicable exploration of human experience. We seek to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish their personal goals whether they seek advanced, graduate study or the practical application of anthropological knowledge in the workplace.

Through their teaching and research, the faculty is committed to:

¨ Fostering the critical learning skills necessary for students to integrate theory with practical application.

¨ Incorporating students into new and ongoing research efforts as a way of nurturing creative problem-solving skills through hands-on experience.

¨ Promoting active and responsible community engagement on both local and international levels through participation in ongoing research projects.

¨ Engendering a clearer understanding of foundational anthropological themes such as the value of human diversity, cultural tolerance, understanding and respect.

¨ Developing and implementing new and realistic solutions to health, economic and political problems, through direct interaction with local and international agencies and communities.


The Anthropology Program at UNCG

Situated within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Anthropology Department at UNCG offers both an undergraduate major and minor.  With permanent, full-time faculty and part-time instructors, we provide our students with a thorough background in archaeology, biological and cultural anthropology, the freedom to concentrate in one of these sub-areas, and many opportunities to practice anthropology in the field.

Our faculty are active international researchers and scholars who include students in both fieldwork and lab research and serve as advisors and mentors to both our majors and minors.  We strongly encourage our students to gain international experiences through study abroad, to learn to do anthropology by attending a summer field school, and to present the results of their research at professional conferences.

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