Anthropology is the science of humanity, in the broadest sense of the term. The discipline of anthropology subsumes archaeology and cultural anthropology, which are the department’s specialty areas, as well as physical anthropology and linguistics. Research in the social sciences department examines the physical remains of human cultures, human language and speech, relationships among world cultures and histories, and the environmental factors that influence behaviors and worldviews.
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International/transnational development; Faith-based development; Gender; Human rights; Global service learning; African studies (Niger)
Environmental anthropology/political ecology; Anthropology of industry (mining, sugar); Hawai`i and the Pacific; Anthropology of public policy
Industrial archaeology; Industrial heritage; Historical archaeology
Heritage Management and Studies; Prehistoric Archaeology; Native American Technologies; Ancient Copper; Food Systems
Historical and Industrial Archaeologies, History of Technology; Ecobiography, Religion and Identity; Archaeological Science and Culture Theory; Ceramic Petrology, Neutron Activation Analysis; Electronic and Distance Education and Anthropology; Archaeology and Cross-Curriculum, Experiential Education
Historical and Industrial Archaeology; Social, Economic, and Political Dimensions of Haciendas, Plantations, and Industrial Communities in the American West, Latin America, and the Caribbean; Issues Related to Colonialism, World-Systems Analysis, post-Colonailism, and Globalization; Relevance of Archaeology and Heritage to Identity Formation and Contemporary Social Systems