Academics

A Community-Oriented, Ethical Anthropology

Our experiential learning spaces—from the classroom to the lab, museum, gallery and field—provide unique opportunities for mentorship. But learning doesn't stop with students and faculty. Together, we're committed to serving the public by modeling ethical research and collaborating with others to advance public understanding of human experience.

Undergraduate Academics

From ancient civilizations to virtual communities, pursuing an anthropology degree means you'll explore the human experience in all of its complexity. The anthropology major gives you one-on-one access to expert faculty in a range of learning environments, which are aimed at giving you real-world experience in the field. Adding an anthropology minor to any other degree program adds depth and multicultural perspective to your undergraduate experience.

Graduate Academics

Across our anthropology master's program, you'll gain theoretical and applied skillsets. Cultural anthropology centers on the study of contemporary society and culture, focusing on current issues such as the protection of human rights. Archaeological training connects theory to a wide range of fieldwork opportunities. With direct access to the University of Denver's Museum of Anthropology, museum and heritage studies students gain both theoretical and professional knowledge. 

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Understand human experience in an international context.

Study Anthropology Abroad

DUMA and Community Partners

Students gain experience at DU's Museum of Anthropology, home to over 100,000 unique artifacts, as well as through community partnerships with cultural institutions.

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Student Research

Students learn by doing, through research opportunities in the classroom, fieldwork in DU's own Museum of Anthropology and Campus Archaeology and Ethnography Lab initiatives. 

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Lambda Alpha Honors Society

The national collegiate honors society supports anthropological scholars in their research, from students to faculty, while honoring superior achievement in the discipline.

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Anthropology exhibit

Undergraduate

Anthropology Voices from the Drums exhibit.

Graduate

Anthropology News

Photo of the Snake Blakeslee Apishapa Canyon site.
Snake Blakeslee Apishapa Canyon Archaeological Site

First described in the 1930s by University of Denver archaeologist Etienne B. Renaud, the Snake Blakeslee Archaeological Site  was home to a Apishapa phase (1050–1450 CE) community. 

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Julian Nilsson
Julian Nilsson: Driven by the Love and Study of People

Julian Nilsson has thrived studying people groups through academics, research, and a diverse array of extracurriculars.

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Kelly Fayard
Faculty Explores Issues in Native American Communities

DU’s Anthropology Department welcomes new assistant professor and cultural anthropologist Kelly Fayard.

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