UA Little Rock 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.

Explore Anthropology at the Same Time you Earn Required General Education Core Credit!

Anthropology courses count in TWO different core areas: Understanding Cultures (ANTH 2316)* fulfills Core requirements in the area of Social Science and Physical Anthropology (ANTH 1415) is a Core Science course. These two courses are a great place to start if you think that an Anthropology major might be for you, or if you are just curious about what it means to be human from a global, holistic perspective from our deepest roots to our present concerns.

*”Understanding Cultures” is a new name for the course formerly called “Cultural Anthropology.” Please note that it is still the same course number and if you have already taken Cultural Anthropology, taking Understanding Cultures would replace your grades and credits for the earlier class.

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.