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ANTHROPOLOGY at the University of Northern Colorado will provide you with the knowledge of how, when, and where human life arose, and why cultures have evolved along varied pathways. Are you interested in learning more about diverse cultures, religions, and worldviews?

If so, ANTHROPOLOGY is the program for you.

Why Study Anthropology?

  • You want to be a force of positive change in the world
  • You are interested in the human potential for peace
  • You are curious about human nature and culture
  • You are fascinated by different world views
  • You want to know more about the ancient past
  • You want to satisfy a curiosity about where we came from and where we are going
  • You want to celebrate humanity in all of its diversity

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The mission of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Northern Colorado is to advance the study and practice of anthropology by offering a comprehensive and coherent undergraduate program in which students gain theoretical and methodological understanding of anthropology's many sub-fields, including cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistics, medical, and applied anthropology.


  1. Promoting critical thinking skills about and broad understanding of the range of human cultures, past and present, through hands-on interactive learning, undergraduate research, field experiences, and engagement with the local Colorado community and beyond;
  2. Maintaining active, high-quality faculty research agendas and disseminating our results to professional and public audiences; and
  3. Modeling excellence in student-centered teaching and service, in accordance with UNC’s teacher-scholar model.


In today's world people are more interconnected than at any time in history.  This state of the world places the field of anthropology at the center of a well-rounded education that works to provide students with a global perspective that they feel empowers them in a way that facilitates academic and personal growth. Anthropology offers a unique understanding of cultural processes and cultural contact, both past and present. At UNC students of anthropology develop thinking and research skills that dovetail with all academic and professional fields.  Fundamentally, anthropology students learn to understand human behavior and how and why it changes over time. This understanding is put to good use in community and civic engagement projects, both locally and abroad, and prepares students for professional or graduate work after graduation.

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