Anthropology: View the World through a Wider Lens
Anthropology is a cutting-edge discipline that stands out stands out with its breadth and scope. As the study of what it means to be human, American Anthropology incorporates four major subfields and multiple secondary specialties. All subfields analyze the three "Bs" of Homo sapiens (biology, behavior, and belief), all subfields engage with humans across time (evolution) and space (diversity/variation) and all include prehistorical, historical, and contemporary applied practices.
Biological Anthropology examines the biological evolution and diversity of our various human species;
Archaeology focuses on the excavation, analysis, and evolution of artifacts;
Cultural Anthropology interfaces with living cultures and is the description and analysis of contemporary living cultures;
Linguistic Anthropology is the study of the evolution and diversity of language and communication systems.
As a well-trained undergraduate student of Anthropology, you will gain knowledge from all of these subfields through ethics, research methodologies, anthropological theory, and major thematic data sets such as bioarchaeology, religion, gender, and cultural resource management.
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Antonio J Waring Jr. Laboratory
Primarily a research facility, the lab is dedicated to the scholarly pursuit of knowledge about past cultures in Georgia and the greater Southeast region. Thousands of prehistoric and historic archaeological collections are held in trust by the Waring lab, which exceeds federally required curation standards. A variety of unique opportunities are made available to student employees and volunteers.Learn More
Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
BAFAL [Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory] is an open lab space where students and faculty alike can conduct research and participate in experiential learning opportunities. Areas of study include Forensic Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Musculoskeletal Health, and more. We offer opportunities for volunteer projects, research, and paid student positions alike.Learn More
Pig Dig: Students Investigate Mock Crime Scene
Professors of crime scene investigation – forensic anthropology – and the study of insects – entomology – join forces each year for a major field project at the University of West Georgia.Read more