Anthropology is the most comprehensive social science
discipline, as anthropologists study every facet of
human experience and behavior, both past and present.
Faculty expertise spans a wide range of geographical
areas and time periods. While courses are offered in all
four fields of anthropology (Sociocultural Anthropology,
Archaeology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Biological
Anthropology), departmental programs and faculty
research areas focus particularly on Sociocultural
Anthropology and Archaeology. Specific areas of research
can be explored on our interactive research and field
school map and on the links to the left.
Training in our department focuses on providing students
with a deep theoretical foundation in the social
sciences and anthropology in particular, accompanied by
mentored field research. Students in both majors
complete several months of fieldwork and are required to
write an empirical thesis that integrates theoretical
interpretation of data collected in the field. Through
this combination of classroom and field work, BYU’s
Anthropology Program trains students in current methods
and theory and teaches them the critical analysis skills
necessary for many careers, including further academic
work in anthropology. Department faculty research
interests provide a variety of opportunities for
students to participate in mentored research in subjects
and regions of their interest.
Where do we do our research?