The Al Baleed Land of Frankincense Archaeological Park in southern Arabia



UALR Anthropology students get hands-on experience in a wide array of exciting projects and original research opportunities. The best way to understand what Anthropology is about is to get a taste of the real work that anthropologists and anthropology students do.  Please explore the links on these pages to find out more about us, our students, our local community engaged projects, and our global adventures.

SUMMER 2015 HIGHLIGHTS:   This summer our students are traveling and doing research and fieldwork all over!  We have a student doing ethnographic fieldwork in Malta, a student traveling in Vietnam and China, others taking part in archaeological excavations in Oman and Arkansas, a student who is conducting research on primates in several US zoos, and much more!  (Students:  if your exciting anthropological summer field plans are not listed here, let us know – we would love to feature you and your stories!)

What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human – past, present, and future – anywhere in the world.  It is global and it is local. Anthropologists study everything about people, ranging from the study of culture and social relations to human biology and evolution. It includes languages music, art, and architecture, and even the past vestiges of ancient human lives.

Anthropology tackles topics such as how human behavior changes over time, how people move about the world, why and how people from varied cultures are different and yet also fundamentally the same, how the human species has evolved over millions of years, and how individuals understand and operate successfully in diverse cultural settings.

Anthropology includes four broad fields and at UALR we believe a well rounded Anthropology student should have a grounding in all four.  They are:

Each of the four fields teaches distinctive skills, such as applying theories, employing research methodologies, formulating and testing hypotheses, and developing extensive sets of data.