Anthropology is the multifaceted study of humanity from an evolutionary, historical, and global perspective. Students in anthropology learn about their own culture as well as those of other peoples as they are shaped by biological evolution, ecological constraints, political history, and sociological conditioning. The Department of Anthropology offers ethnographic, theoretical and methodological courses in the four sub-disciplines: biological anthropology, prehistory and archaeology, anthropological linguistics, and sociocultural anthropology. Our offerings include academic and applied approaches to anthropology. Regional courses on major populations of the world, especially the heritage cultures of North and South America, and Asia, form an important component of the curriculum. Anthropology will help you to gain a holistic understanding of yourself and the people around you; the field cultivates an appreciation of what all humans share, as well as how humans differ across time and space.
The department is located in Meiklejohn Hall, with administrative offices in MI 4006 (phone 510-885-3168). Dr. Laura Nelson is the department's chair; Mary Kendall (email@example.com) serves as the Administrative Support Assistant. The department is also home to the C.E. Smith Museum of Anthropology. Dr. George Miller is the museum's director, and Marjorie Rhodes-Ousley is the associate director. Our fax number is 885-3353.