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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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Anthropology Department
Awarded Grant



The University of Northern Colorado’s Anthropology Department and, in India, the Bhasha Research and Publication Centre have been awarded a World Learning/US Dept. of State Communities Connecting Heritage grant for their project “Reclaiming Heritage II: Building Social Bonds & Bridges with Cultural Heritage Video Snapshots”.

Through a collaboration between undergraduate students in Michael Kimball’s applied anthropology class, UNC Library’s Digital UNC archive, an Immigrant & Refugee Center of Northern Colorado (IRCNOCO) English language class, and members of the Rathwa tribe in Gujarat, India, immigrant/refugee and Rathwa participants will create, archive, and share with their respective communities “video snapshots” documenting key aspects of their cultural heritage. The project is scheduled to run January 1 to May 14, 2021.

Congratulations to the Department of Anthropology!

ANthropology Faculty Book releaseD

Associate Professor Whitney Duncan's book Transforming Therapy: Mental Health Practice and Cultural Change in Mexico was recently released.

Learn more about the book

transforming therapy 

URMAMA brings together students, faculty, and community

A new initiative in the Anthropology Department will give online space for student work to be published and aims to provide the public with accessible information on anthropology. "Undergraduate Researchers Making Anthropology More Accessible (URMAMA)" was founded by recent Anthropology graduate Gabrielle Scott, who will continue to assist with editing and consulting, and Assistant Professor Ather Zia.

Visit New URMAMA Site 

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).

Listen to Part I   Listen to Part II


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

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.