We welcome you to the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We are the ONLY Department of Anthropology in Nebraska! We are dedicated to advancing anthropological knowledge and practice to benefit the citizens of Nebraska and our students, as citizens of the world. Our faculty and students are pioneering in the area of Heritage Anthropology and Digital Heritage--using digital tools to capture, analyze, interpret and disseminate information about items and practices that people value--and are leaders in qualitative research. Peruse these pages to learn more. We welcome your visit.
Department of Anthropology Reunion
Join us at the Reunion of UNL Department of Anthropology Alumni, Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Nebraska History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall, 6-8 pm. A tour of departmental labs in Oldfather Hall and Morrill Hall precedes the Reunion at 4-5 pm. Meet in 816 Oldfather Hall at 4 pm. (Alert: parking might be challenging that afternoon owing to a major free Brad Paisley concert scheduled for that evening!) Click here for more information.
Now Visiting with Prospective Graduate Students
Come check out our program! Our students and faculty are happy to share their research with you. Contact Dr. Raymond Hames to make arrangements to visit. Applications for Fall 2017 are due 1 February 2017.
The Department of Anthropology
In the Department of Anthropology, we go beyond other disciplines that ask what it is to be human. We attack this critical question holistically, comprehending the human condition from interconnected perspectives of biology, behavior, and society, and the legacies and distant echoes of each.
We synthesize the knowledge and approaches from the social sciences, natural sciences and the humanities to study humankind — from its earliest evolutionary ancestors to its contemporary challenges and successes.
We strengthen our approach by combining traditional anthropological subdisciplines of archaeology, biological and cultural anthropology.
Through coursework, laboratory and fieldwork, we train students to identify, understand and address a wide range of problems, with inter-meshed social, biological, material, and environmental dimensions.
Our versatile graduates go on to a wide range of careers — in medicine, law, preservation, NGOs, and business — all of which provide opportunities to pursue the kind of determined, human-centered, inquisition and research that thrills them most.
These opportunities start by asking “what if?” — which brings our students here.