School of Anthropology Celebrates a New Chapter in Their History

The School of Anthropology will celebrate a new chapter in their long and impressive history of world-class anthropological research and instruction at the School of Anthropology Kick Off on Saturday, February 20, 2010; at the Manning House (450 West Paseo Redondo; from 3:30 to 7:00 PM. Talks to cover the School’s Interdisciplinary and Thematic Research will be given until 5:00 PM and then a poster session highlighting many faculty members’ and graduate students’ research activities will follow.

Founded in 1915, the Department as a whole was ranked 5th in the last NRC rankings, its archaeology program ranked 2nd by the Society for American Archaeology, and its linguistic anthropology program ranked 1st. The growing prominence of its biocultural and medical anthropology programs, especially its Certificate in Medical Anthropology, has attracted top students and funding to the Department. The Department has one Distinguished University Professor, four Regents’ Professors (and two Emeritus), and the Riecker Distinguished Professor (the first named Chair in the University).

During the University of Arizona’s transformation period held last year, the then Department of Anthropology proposed a School of Anthropology both in response to the President’s call for consolidation and in recognition of this unique opportunity to bring together anthropologists and archaeologists from across campus into a single unit, reinforcing our national and international reputation and attracting renewed interest from donors. 

The School brings together the research faculty of the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA), the classical archaeologists from the Department of Classics, and curators in the Arizona State Museum. All of the archaeologists in Classics have active field projects that complement similar projects in Anthropology and make us the strongest program in Mediterranean archaeology in the U.S. With the re-integration of BARA within the teaching unit of a School of Anthropology, we reinforce our considerable strengths in applied anthropology.

Anthropology currently offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology with specializations in archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and socio-cultural anthropology. Cross-cutting programs are in applied anthropology, environmental and ecological anthropology, historical anthropology and social memory, medical anthropology (including a certificate program), and Southwest Land, Culture, and Society.