Welcome to the Department of Anthropology
Anthropology is the study of humankind. Anthropologists employ prehistoric, historic,
and contemporary perspectives to explore the culture, evolution, behavior, beliefs
and social organization of peoples around the world. The discipline offers a comparative
understanding of lifeways around the planet and seeks strategies for improving humans'
quality of life in a global context.
The University of Memphis offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Anthropology.
Students with diverse interests will find anthropology to be a stimulating major or
minor. Anthropology courses also provide the perfect elective for students in other
fields, such as international business, economics, sociology, communication, history,
Special programs available to undergraduate and graduate students include anthropological
activities at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa; opportunities to participate in
faculty research in archaeology, urban communities, museum studies, and healthcare
in the Mid-South; and internship experience in local museums and urban and medical
agencies. The department also participates in the Honors Program, which challenges
and recognizes exceptional undergraduate students.
Check out recent alum Susannah Acuff's Pecha Kucha presentation on her practicum field work