Anthropology Department

Tully J. Thibeau, Chair

Anthropology is the study of people, both ancient and contemporary, in their biological, archaeological, cultural, and linguistic context. Anthropology uses a holistic approach to integrate findings from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. The primary educational mission of the Department of Anthropology is teaching, research, and professional service in order to impart the critical importance of understanding the human condition and its relevance to an increasingly diverse world. To accomplish this task, the Department of Anthropology provides a curriculum that will help students understand and appreciate the range of human cultures as well as the significance of biological evolution of the human condition. Through our undergraduate and graduate programs, students not only achieve a broad cross-cultural education but also prepare to apply their anthropological knowledge in their chosen career paths. A minor, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered in Anthropology, with options or specializations available at every level. For undergraduates, the B.A. can include an option in Archaeology, Cultural and Ethnic Diversity, Forensic Anthropology, Linguistics, Medical Anthropology - or a general degree crafted to the interests of the student. Parallel missions to promote the study of human diversity and experience are advanced by the Linguistics Program, which is also housed in the Department. Additional offerings include certificates in Forensic Science and Historic Preservation; these certificates are interdisciplinary by nature, but are administered within the Anthropology Department.

Undergraduate Degrees Available

Subject Type Option Track
Anthropology Bachelor of Arts
Anthropology Bachelor of Arts Archaeology
Anthropology Bachelor of Arts Cultural and Ethnic Diversity
Anthropology Bachelor of Arts Forensic Anthropology
Anthropology Bachelor of Arts Linguistics
Anthropology Bachelor of Arts Medical Anthropology
Anthropology Minor
Engl as a Sec Lang Certificate of Art
Forensic Studies Certificate of Art
Historic Preservation Certificate of Applied Science
Linguistics Minor

Department Faculty


  • Gregory Campbell, Professor
  • Kelly Dixon, Professor
  • John Douglas, Professor
  • S. Neyooxet Greymorning, Professor
  • Ardeshir Kia, Associate Director, Central and Southwest Asia Program
  • Douglas MacDonald, Professor & Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Kimber Haddix McKay, Professor
  • Mizuki Miyashita, Professor, Linguistics Program Director
  • Anna Prentiss, Professor
  • Gilbert Quintero, Professor
  • Randall Skelton, Professor
  • G.G. Weix, Professor

Associate Professors

  • Irene Appelbaum, Associate Professor
  • Leora Bar-el, Associate Professor
  • Tully Thibeau, Associate Professor, Dept.Chair

Assistant Professors

  • Ashley Kendell, Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Meradeth Snow, Assistant Professor


  • D. Garry Kerr, Adjunct Instructor
  • Richard Sattler, Adjunct/Lecturer

Emeritus Professors

  • Thomas A. Foor, Professor Emeritus