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. Please explore the links on this page to find out more about us, our students, and what we do.

SPRING SEMESTER HIGHLIGHT:   Looking for skills and experience that will help build your resume?  Want to make a positive difference in our community?  Sign up for ANTH4340 Applied Anthropology this spring!  We will be working together on a team project exploring some questions for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas.  Together we will examine issues such as perceptions of the agency and obstacles to recruitment of minority members.  You’ll learn interviewing skills and a variety of other research strategies, and you’ll learn how to put them into practice.

STUDENT FIELDWORK FEATURE:  Read Parker Taylor’s account of his experiences with chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute in South Africa the summer between his junior and senior years.

STUDENT TALENT:  Anthropology major Emily Phillips took the title of best Old-Time Fiddler in the State of Arkansas.  Learn more about her accomplishments and hear her play here.

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.