Anthropology is the study of modern humans, their ancestors, and closest relatives (non-human primates). Biological anthropologists study the evolution of humans and other primates and modern human populations. Archaeologists trace the evolution of culture over the past three million years, analyzing ancient environments and modern material culture. Linguistic anthropologists are interested in the relationships between language, culture, society, and the individual. Cultural anthropologists look at relations between culture and the environment, family and society, gender, urbanization, and politics and history. After completing introductory course work, students may continue to study all four areas or focus on a sub-discipline.
Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology: BARA is a unique academic research unit within the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. BARA's mission is to prepare the next generation of professional anthropologists, advance knowledge of the human condition, and address the pressing issues of local communities. BARA faculty and affiliates carry out research, teaching, and outreach activities within Arizona, throughout the country, and internationally.
Arizona State Museum: ASM was built on the cornerstone of research more than a century ago. Its projects range across many disciplines, including archaeology, preservation, ethnohistory and geographic information system. ASM seeks undergradute and graduate students to participate in their important historical research.
Field Study: The Department of Anthropology offers interesting hands-on experiences at various field schools around the Southern U.S. These include the Rock Art Ranch, Mission Guevavi and more.
Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Lab: AMSL has been at the UA since 1981 and is well-known for its work on radiocarbon dating. The lab also includes other interdisciplinary topics into its research such as geology, paleoclimate, art history, archaeology, physics and forensics.