Department of Anthropology

The department of anthropology offers courses in each of the four subfields of our discipline: biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology. Degree tracks include emphases in Southeastern archaeology and health professions. Field training in archaeology is offered each fall at the world renowned Moundville Archaeological Park. Our course offerings include concentrations in biocultural medical anthropology and the archaeology of the complex societies of the Americas. Research experiences are offered to undergraduates in the context of the work of four archaeology labs, three biological anthropology labs, a GIS laboratory and a linguistic discourse lab.

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Programs

19 ten Hoor Hall
205-348-5947

Anthropology is the study of humans, both past and present, and includes specializations in archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and linguistics.  The Department of Anthropology offers a bachelor of arts (BA) degree, a minor in anthropology, and an Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) interdisciplinary minor. Students may also pursue a Southeastern Archaeology or Health Professions concentration.  

Students are expected to meet the director of undergraduate studies as soon as they declare a major or minor in anthropology. The director will advise them of curriculum requirements and assign a faculty adviser in the anthropology department.

Faculty

Chair
  • Dr. Ian Brown
Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Dr. Cameron Lacquement
Undergraduate Studies Secretary
  • Melissa Sartain
Professors
  • Blitz, John H.
  • Brown, Ian W.
  • Dressler, William W.
  • Jacobi, Keith P.
  • Oths, Kathryn S.
Associate Professor
  • Decaro, Jason
  • Galbraith, Marysia
  • LeCount, Lisa J.
  • Lynn, Christopher
Assistant Professor
  • Blair, Elliot
  • Kosiba, Steve
  • Lacquement, Cameron
  • Pritzker, Sonya
  • Weaver, Jo

Courses

ANT
100
Hours
3
Intro To Anthropology

This course introduces students to the subfields of anthropology and demonstrates the benefits of a holistic approach to understanding globalization, multiculturalism, and cultural diversity. The concepts of evolution, human prehistory, language, and culture are explored as well as the diversity of human cultural patterns, including variations in marriage, kinship, and religion. SB Credit.

ANT
102
Hours
3
Intro Cultural Anthropology

An introduction to the discipline of cultural anthropology, the branch of anthropology that examines the rules and behaviors of contemporary human cultures. The course will demonstrate the importance of a holistic approach to understanding human diversity, and compare and contrast the various developments cultures use to tackle the universal problems of human living. SB Credit.

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