We are an innovative program using anthropological knowledge and skills to understand and make changes in the world. As a research-intensive university with a public service mission, our broad training in anthropological subfields at Purdue uniquely positions us to study human diversity through time. Through our integrated approaches to discovery, learning, and engagement, we expand human knowledge and address global grand challenges.
Anthropology, as the “science of humans,” is the discipline that studies human diversity, through time and globally, and focuses on human and other primate adaptations on our planet. What that teaches us is that humans have a huge range of experiences and many ways of living. None of our societies is perfect, but all societies have contributed valuable and creative discoveries and perspectives. We all share in the great adventure of living life to its fullest within the circumstances we have.
Anthropologists are committed also to figuring out how to make things better for human societies—how to solve the grand challenges while respecting differences, to live as neighbors on one small planet, helping one another to achieve fulfillment, peace, justice, and freedom. We apply anthropological knowledge and perspectives to work collaboratively with those who work on economic development, food security, human rights, technological improvements, and peace initiatives.
There are many ideological differences in societies of the world today, but we have only one planet. We hope that anthropological research, teaching, and service will contribute to creating a world where human rights are honored and human dignity is the common goal. We seek to prepare our graduates with the skills and experiences they will need for a broad spectrum of careers that contribute to human well-being. In Anthropology, students and faculty work on global challenges, often working in interdisciplinary teams. Anthropologists participate in summer field schools and study abroad programs around the world, local community projects, and other hands-on research.
Anthropologists can help change the world. We do this, in part, by making sure our graduates are prepared with the skills and experiences they will need for a broad spectrum of careers. In Anthropology, you will work on global problems in interdisciplinary teams. You can participate in summer field schools around the world, study abroad, and do other hands-on research. We are committed to exploring human diversity across time and space. We invite you to join us!
ANTHROPOLOGY WELCOME EVENT
Meet our faculty and learn about department internship opportunities and important skills you will develop by studying Anthropology
September 21, 2017
Stewart Center 314
Anthropology majors, minors, and interested students please RSVP Here by completing the very short survey.
Call Out for Summer Abroad/Brazilian Amazon (ANTH 418)
September 21 or October 12
Degree in 3 info Session
For students that want to know more about Degree in 3
Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 PM or Monday, September 25
9/11/2017 - Plans are being made for Summer Study Abroad, in the Brazilian Amazon. Please note below under "Events" upcoming call out sessions on September 21 and October 12.
9/1/17: Dr. Amanda Veile’s recent research on the growth consequences of Cesarean births was featured on President Daniels’ annual address to Purdue University
8/27/2017 - Click here to see the schedule and other information for the Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference, hosted here at Purdue from October 13th-15th.
8/14/2017- Click here to see an update on comings and goings in the Department of Anthropology this fall!