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

2017 Honors Convocation

Students from the Anthropology Department were recognized for academic excellence at the annual HSS Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 9th, 2017. Congratulations to Alondra Carranza Arroyo, Taryn Hall, Jennifer Ketz, James Letchworth, Gabrielle Scott, Tessa Smith and Nicole Temple! View the full list of honorees and check out more photos on the HSS Facebook page.

Trish Jolly, a Faculty-in-Residence for President’s Row, was nominated for “an Of the Month (OTM) award for [her] outstanding contributions within [her]residential community. OTMs are submitted to recognize individuals…who have excelled in leadership qualities and contributed to the residence hall system.” This nomination came from one of the Resident Assistants and is a great honor. Thank you, Trish, for your continuing commitment to our students.

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.