As 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 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.
Dr. Sophia Perdikaris, chair of the department
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.