Anthropology

p: 704-894-2315

Mailing Address

Box 7116
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

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Anthropology Department

Anthropology endeavors to examine human biology and behavior from a holistic viewpoint. That is, anthropologists consider the social, cultural, linguistic, historical, and biological factors shaping different cultures and populations worldwide. Although traditionally anthropologists have been associated with the study of small-scale societies, today they increasingly turn their attention to the problems of complex industrial societies and the processes of globalization.

A hallmark of anthropological study is fieldwork in which anthropologists engage their subjects in contexts beyond the classroom and library. Students interested in sociocultural anthropology may carry out participant observation and personal interviews at public gatherings or performances, conduct archival research, or apply their anthropological knowledge while working with community organizations. Biological anthropology students may gain experience in our Human Skeletal Identification Laboratory, while archaeology students have opportunities for off-campus summer fieldwork. Many of our majors also elect to study off-campus, either abroad or in a domestic program that addresses their academic interests.

Anthropology courses also form part of the curricula of several other programs and concentrations, including Africana Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, and the concentrations in Archaeology and East Asian Studies.