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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.

News and Events

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.

Visit the Book Website

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.

Listen to Part I  Listen to Part II

Congratulations to Anthropology student Melissa Chowning, along with Everardo Reyes (Sociology) and Emily Doerner (Asian Studies/Geography/GIS), on being selected to present their research at the 31st annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research being held in Memphis, Tennessee this April! 

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.