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  • KathrynDemps Focus-web

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    Dr. Kathryn Demps is featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Exploremagazine.

  • ANTH 101 service learning

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    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.

  • anthropology research lab

    anthropology research lab

    Boise State University Anthropology Research Lab now in use.

  • Mark Plew Focus Article

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    Archaeology professor Mark Plew is featured in the Spring 2013 FOCUS magazine, "Archaeologist Piecing Together 7,000-Year-Old Idaho History." Read Article...

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    The newly remodeled anthropology teaching classroom.

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    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.

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    STEM Day – 3-D skull puzzles

    Anthropology faculty assist children and adults to assemble anatomically correct crania containing pieces for each bone in a human head.

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    STEM Day – ultimatum game

    Dr. David Nolin has children test their ideas of fairness against those from societies around the world in an internationally tested common economic game.

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    STEM Day – peanut butter and jelly excavation game

    Anthropology students help children learn about stratigraphy and archaeological processes by building and then excavating archaeological sites that they have constructed in pb & j sandwiches with raisin fire pits and sprinkle sediments.

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…

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

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.

Our Goals

  • 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.