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

Dr. Britney Kyle returned from a summer researching the bioarchaeology of Greek colonization in Sicily, Italy. This year, Dr. Kyle's project was awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant and the Research, Scholarship and Creative Works award from UNC.

Read the full article from the Greeley Tribune >


The Department of Anthropology recognized outstanding students at the 2016 College of Humanities & Social Sciences Honors Convocation on April 10. Congratulations to Anthropology majors Melissa Chowning, Salima Jandali, Abigail McGaha Miller, Denise Medina and Maria Warne.

View the Photo Slideshow >

Medical Anthropology Class' Community Engagement Project Targets Health Care

Students in Assistant Professor of Anthropology Whitney Duncan's spring 2015 class spent part of the semester surveying patients of the non-profit Salud Family Health Centers and the general public as part of the first stage of Duncan's current research project. "Project HealthViews" will investigate understandings, experiences and perceptions of health and health care in a variety of contexts.

Faculty member Dr. Britney Kyle was awarded the 2016-17 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Works (RSCW) award. In addition, Dr. Kyle was also awarded a grant through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). The project, “Immersive Research in the Bioarchaeology of Greek Colonization, Sicily, Italy,” will allow students to travel to Sicily to collect bioarchaeological data and then spend four weeks at UGA for analyzing data.

View the UNC Press Release >

Dr. Ather Zia, Instructor of Anthropology, was recently interviewed on KPFA for International Women's Day.

ather zia 

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.