Welcome From the Department Head
Welcome to the website of the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University! Anthropology involves the study of human biological and cultural diversity, across time and space. In addition to conducting academic research, anthropologists apply their knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems in a variety of fields, including forensics, cultural resource management, economic development, public health, museum studies, and environmental conservation.
Established in 1971, the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University has been in existence for over forty years. Today, the department contains 26 full-time faculty members and 10 affiliated faculty members situated in four distinct programs: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, and Nautical Archaeology. The department offers a B.A. degree and Minor at the undergraduate level, and MA and Ph.D. degrees at the graduate level. Currently, the department has approximately 200 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students.
Faculty Research Strengths
Faculty research specialties include:
- Archaeology: First Americans (PaleoAmerican) archaeology; ecological archaeology (including palynology, paleoethnobotany, and diet); lithic and ceramic technology; hunter-gatherers; warfare; geoarchaeology; zooarchaeology
- Biological Anthropology: hominin evolution especially in Pliocene and Pleistocene periods; bioarchaeology, paleodiet; primate behavioral ecology and conservation
- Cultural Anthropology: globalization and transnational processes; human behavioral ecology; economic anthropology; folklore; African diaspora
- Nautical Archaeology: ship construction; seafaring through the ages; maritime commerce, cargoes and ports; artifact conservation methods
The Department of Anthropology is home to two research centers, the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation (CMAC) and the Center for the Study of the First Americans (CSFA), which represent the department’s two primary research strengths.
I invite you to explore our website further and learn more about our department, our people, and our research. Here is a sample of the information you can find on this website:
- Research Opportunities for Undergraduates
- Job Opportunities for Undergraduate Anthropology Majors
- Graduate Admissions Process
- Graduate Student Funding Opportunities
- Our Graduate Student Placement Record
- Faculty Research and Teaching Interests
- Anthropology Research Collections
- Giving to the Department of Anthropology
- Photo Contest Winners
- Photo Essay of Renovation Project
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