University of Massachusetts Boston Department of Anthropology

Anthropology Department

Anthropology studies people in all their cultural, social, and biological complexity.  Our courses embrace the interdisciplinary breadth of the field, exploring issues ranging from the diversity of local neighborhoods to the struggles of indigenous people across the globe, from the rise of ancient civilizations to the impact of modernity and environmental change on the health and well-being of populations. Our graduate program uses the tools of archaeology to answer questions about the impact of European colonialism and the emergence of industrial society in the Americas.

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