UVM Anthropology teaches students to meet the world’s challenges head-on, hands-on

For generations UVM Anthropology has been equipping citizens to make a positive impact on a local and global scale. At the same time, we're progressive, integrating traditional studies like archaeology with contemporary topics. A UVM anthropology degree will give you a firm grounding in the discipline while providing you with the skills to meet the world’s challenges head-on, hands-on.

Our faculty are deeply committed to cutting-edge research, scholarship, and providing a first-rate undergraduate education: an education that develops analytical and problem solving skills that are in high demand today in any profession. Explore Anthropology at UVM.

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Williams Hall iis home to the anthropology departmentAnthropology at UVM: a culture of firsts

One of the first undergraduate anthropology courses in the U.S. was taught here in 1886. We're still pioneers, training future leaders in the field. We prioritize relationships between students, professors and the world of research. In our department, we value the teacher-scholar model that ensures our professors are active participants in leading scholarship in their field, and simultaneously dedicated to teaching, advising, and mentoring unergraduate students. We are further dedicated to ensuring students many opportunities for hands-on research and field work. In fact, UVM Anthropology remains one of the largest undergraduate-only departments in the country.

At a digCourses that take you into the field and get you intimate with faculty research

  • Roll up your sleeves for Field Work in Archaeology and Methods of Ethnographic Field Work
  • Topical classes based on faculty research like street children and the anthropology of media
  • Labs that provide training for students interested in archaeology, human osteology, and forensic anthropology
  • Reading and Research Program — pursue your own interests by working with a faculty mentor

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Students get a chance to do fieldworkPursuing research and field work is the rule, not the exception

The education you pursue here has real purpose. Close collaboration with faculty on research projects, presentations and field work is a big part of the anthro experience. It happens here in Burlington and all over the world. Recent anthropology research involving students includes the study of prehistoric archaeological collections in the Caribbean, a study of artifacts from the American Southwest and Vermont, osteological analysis of human remains from South America, and linguistic anthropological analyses in Ukraine.

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