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Anthropology (ANT)

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526 David M. French Hall
(810) 762-3340

Chair: Heather Laube
Principal Secretary: Lynne McTiernan
Associate Professors Jennifer Alvey (WGS cross-appointed), Beverley Smith; Assistant Professors Daniel Birchok, Hisyar Ozsoy
Professor Emeritus Hani I. Fakhouri; Judy V. Rosenthal

Anthropology is the study of human culture in past and contemporary societies. Anthropology includes the sub-fields of archaeology, physical/biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and cultural anthropology. The discipline of anthropology is a holistic study of humanity that addresses issues of diversity and inequalities.  Archaeology examines the role of material culture to reconstruct cultural history, including technological, stylistic, and organizational changes in past cultures. Physical anthropology is concerned with the relationships between biology and culture, including human variation and adaptation, and incorporates concerns of disease, nutrition, and forensics. Linguistic anthropology deals with the relationships between language and culture, especially the ways in which language both reflects and influences perception and world view. Cultural anthropology is concerned with institutions, including kinship, gender, political organization, economic systems, religion, global political economy, and the construction of inequality.

Program Mission and Assessment

The Anthropology program is committed to providing students with 1) access to basic knowledge and understanding of the four sub-fields of Anthropology: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Socio-Cultural Anthropology, 2) skills needed to analyze past and contemporary biocultural and sociocultural diversity in comparative perspective, and 3) opportunities to develop understanding of pressing issues in their local, national and global dimensions.  The program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at


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