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Mission and Goals

The mission of the Department of Anthropology, including the Museum of Anthropology and the Office of State Archaeology, is to promote the value of human diversity and contribute to understandings of how humans have navigated complex social and physical environments across space and time. The department’s goals are to:

  • Train undergraduate majors in methods and critical thinking that will allow them to succeed in a variety of careers and future paths of study such as law, medicine, diplomacy, business, education, anthropology and many more.

  • Guide graduate students in conducting research and applying anthropological theory and methods for the benefit of various communities and stakeholders.

  • Empower faculty to produce original knowledge and ideas in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology.

  • Serve the Commonwealth and beyond by lending expertise to governmental and non-governmental agencies, curating valuable anthropological collections, maintaining archaeology site records, and more.