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Understanding Human Behavior

Anthropology is the study of humans, both past and present. UNC anthropology students develop thinking and research skills that dovetail with all academic and professional fields, and learn to understand human behavior and how and why it changes over time. With UNC’s focus on community and civic engagement, students also gain hands-on experience locally and globally.

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Dr. Zia discusses Kasmir in Podcast

In these episodes of UNC's Bear in Mind podcast, Dr. Ather Zia discusses the complex and violent history between Kashmir, India, and Pakistan (part one), and the growing Kashmiri scholarship and art, as well as her recently published book, Resisting Occupation in Kashmir (part two).

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Dr. Zia recognized for Diversity in the Classroom

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences recognized outstanding faculty on April 8, 2018. Dr. Ather Zia (Anthropology and Gender Studies) was awarded the Diversity in the Classroom Award.

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The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Anthropology Department recognized outstanding undergraduates on April 8, 2018.


Associate Professor Michael Kimball's new book, Ethnowise, is now available for purchase. His book explores culture shock and how to disrupt habitual reactions to the unfamiliar, grow resilience to cultural discomfort, and transform culture shock into connection.

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Associate Professor Michael Kimball discussed mindfulness for UNC's Bear in Mind Podcast. Part One discusses mindfulness and stress management techniques designed for emerging adults, while in Part Two Dr. Kimball guides you through a Koru Mindfulness practice. Sit down, relax, and take a breather.

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Pueblo Indian Pottery Exhibit

A portion of UNC's collection of Pueblo Indian pottery--some of it 2,000 years old--can now be viewed for the first time in more than 30 years as part of an Anthropology Department exhibit on the first floor of Michener Library on the UNC campus.


Real-World Learning, Deep Understanding

Wondering where a UNC anthropology degree can take you? With small class sizes, engaged and expert faculty, and global opportunities, you'll have a wide-range of career options. In this video, UNC students and faculty talk about the cross-disciplinary approach to studying and applying anthropology, as well as UNC's unique opportunities for experiential learning.