Mission and Goals

As part of a land grant and comprehensive educational institution, the mission of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is to engage in innovative anthropological research and teaching. Our work is theoretically grounded, practice-oriented, and student-centered. We integrate research and teaching across the subdisciplines in Anthropology—archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. We find value in a comparative perspective and highlight experiential approaches. We utilize and develop cutting-edge digital and other technologies to enhance our research and that of our students.

Our goals include:

  • Engaging in research that advances our understanding of the emergent human condition globally and through time.
  • Applying research to issues affecting contemporary populations in Nebraska and elsewhere in the world through collaborations with stakeholders (indigenous communities, governmental agencies, NGOs) and others with valued expertise in agriculture, business, computer science, education, engineering, journalism, law, medicine, museums, and natural resources.
  • Preparing students for entry into top-tier graduate and professional programs and for careers requiring skills and knowledge from a synthesis of the social and STEM disciplines as well as the humanities. Graduates in anthropology are broad thinkers with a holistic perspective; effective research, analysis, and communication skills; and, the ability to culturally contextualize and address problems in our world today.