Anthropology is the most comprehensive social science discipline, as anthropologists study every facet of human experienc​e 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?

Map of Field Schools  

Upcoming Events

Senior Thesis Symposium

   April 11, 2014 at 10am-4pm

   BRMB 230


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