Anthropology is the study of humanity in all of is breadth and depth. It sets itself apart from other social sciences in its aspiration to understand all aspects of humankind. As a discipline, anthropology studies and celebrates human diversity. At the same time, it reminds us that despite our different cultures, we are all members of the human family. We share a common nature and a common destiny.
In the anthropology program, students have the opportunity to explore the various subdisciplines of anthropology including archaeology, cultural anthropology and sociolinguistics, and physical anthropology with a thematic focus on human heritage. At NDSU, our focal geographical areas are Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, North Africa, North America, and Oceania with other areas of the world represented throughout the curriculum. Our primary concern across subdisciplines and geographical areas is with human heritage - material and intangible, past, present and future.
Opportunities for field schools (in archaeology, ethnography, physical anthropology) and internships can be arranged for students interested in hands-on experience. Students have attended field schools in American Samoa, Belize, England, Guatemala, Ireland, Malta, Peru, Poland, US states, and Tanzania and participated in local internships with various cultural, historical, and social services organizations.
Anthropology Faculty: Dr. Jeffrey Clark, Dr. Kristen Fellows, Dr. Tim Kloberdanz (emeritus), Dr. Thomas Riley (emeritus), Dr. Joy Sather-Wagstaff.