Department of Anthropology
The department welcomes Dr. Kathryn Demps, (Ph.D. 2012, University of California, Davis), who is working with a scheduled tribe of traditional honey collectors in southern India using a behavioral ecology approach .
service learning students
ANTH 101 service learning students make rattles and feeding tubes to challenge and entertain primates at Zoo Boise. Murphy, a mangabey monkey, plays with a rattle.
This year the department has seen a number of exciting changes. Alongside these changes, as is the history of the department, we are committed to excellent Anthropology teaching and research, and we are proud of our service commitments to the community and profession. View the 2013 Newsletter.
anthropology research lab
Boise State University Anthropology Research Lab now in use.
anthropology faculty in action
Archaeology professor Mark Plew is featured in the Spring 2013 FOCUS magazine, "Archaeologist Piecing Together 7,000-Year-Old Idaho History." Read Article...
anthropology teaching classroom
The newly remodeled anthropology teaching classroom.
new foundations dln class
The new ANTH 105 Evolution and Human Behavior course satisfies 3 credits of the Foundational Studies Program Disciplinary Lens--Natural, Physical and Applied Science requirements.
Welcome to the Anthropology Department website and our degree programs at Boise State University. We are a growing, research-oriented faculty with a thematic focus on human evolution and ecology. The department is committed to applying the scientific method to understanding the behavior, ecology, social relations, and sustained resource use of our species. Learn More…
To be a leading master’s program in evolutionary and ecological approaches in anthropology, known for collaborating with scholars across fields in improving understanding of coupled human-natural systems.
To make substantial contributions in research on major environmental dilemmas facing humanity; To provide our students opportunities to learn to think critically and communicate effectively; To produce graduates with the highest degree of competence in concepts, methods, and theories relevant to the study of human-environment relationships.
- providing students exposure to anthropological methods and theories relevant to solving the major challenges to humanity, including environmental dilemmas, conflict and cooperation, and health;
- realizing the STEM-related objectives of the university, producing graduates that have skills aligned to workforce needs including lifelong critical learning, data analysis and communication, and an understanding of science as inquiry;
- emphasizing scientific analyses, including a balance of theory and data;
- pursuing funded research opportunities, bridging natural and social sciences, participating in interdisciplinary research, realizing integration across units/disciplines, and contributing to liberal education in the university.