About the Department

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Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems.

Historically, anthropologists in the United States have been trained in one of four areas: sociocultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. Addressing complex questions, such as human origins, the past and contemporary spread and treatment of infectious disease, or globalization, requires synthesizing information from all four subfields.

Anthropologists are highly specialized in our research interests, yet we remain generalists in our observations of the human condition and we advocate for a public anthropology that is committed to bringing knowledge to broad audiences. Anthropologists collaborate closely with people whose cultural patterns and processes we seek to understand or whose living conditions require amelioration. Collaboration helps bridge social distances and gives greater voice to the people whose cultures and behaviors anthropologists study, enabling them to represent themselves in their own words. An engaged anthropologist is committed to supporting social change efforts that arise from the interaction between community goals and anthropological research.

The Anthropology Department at the University of Tulsa offers a BA, an M.A. degree in Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology, as well as the Ph.D. in Applied Archaeology. The hallmark of our department is the individual relationships between students and faculty and the engagement of all students in cutting edge research. We offer state-of-the-art labs, which allow us to combine experimental archaeological analyses with extensive fieldwork worldwide. Suitable Ph.D. candidates are provided full tuition and a stipend for 3 years; support is also available for students pursuing a Master’s Degree.