UALR Anthropology students get hands on experience in a wide array of exciting projects and original research opportunities. Please explore the links on this page to find out more about us, our students, and what we do.
SUMMER 2015 HIGHLIGHTS: Â Â This summer our students areÂ doing research and fieldwork all over! Â We have a student doing ethnographic fieldwork in Malta, 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! Â (Students: Â 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 –Â anywhere inÂ the world. Â It is global and it is local. Anthropologists study everything about people,Â 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 tacklesÂ topics such as how human behavior changes over time, how people move about the world, why and how people from variedÂ cultures are differentÂ and yet also fundamentally the same, how the human species has evolved over millions of years, and how individuals understand and operate successfully in diverseÂ cultural settings.
Anthropology includes four broad fields and at UALR we believe a well rounded Anthropology student should have a grounding in all four. Â 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.