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Anthropology as a discipline is more relevant today than at any time in its distinguished history. Anthropology is the academic discipline that studies humans holistically through an interdisciplinary lens. It combines science with humanities, biology with culture, history with prehistory and primates with language. It is by definition concerned with human diversity and the Anthropology department at Kent State University has provided primary leadership within academia in researching this important domain.

Anthropology trains students to think critically, write clearly and speak thoughtfully about what it means to be human. Methodologically, we emphasize both quantitative and qualitative evaluation and train students to go beyond the statistics.

By focusing on the complex linkages among the three subfields of Anthropology: Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology and Biological Anthropology—and by emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork, we prepare students to survive in an increasingly multidisciplinary and multicultural world.

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Kent State University's Department of Anthropology is a DSP member of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).


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Faculty and Student Blogs

Graduate student Kristen Hirter reports on her summer research experience at the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University in Inuyama, Japan. Read her reports from Japan here.

Dr. Marilyn Norconk is on a Fulbright in Suriname! Read her reports from the field here.

Graduate Student Joshua Bickford reports in on his summer research internship at the Smithsonian. Read all about it here

Undergraduate Biological Anthropology major blogs about her experience at the Summer Florence Institute and Dr. Spurlock's course. 'FACES: HUMAN HEAD ANATOMY'. Read the full blog here

Graduate student Danielle Jones travels to Japan for her 10-week NSF EAPSI and JSPS-funded research. Read her weekly blogs here

Graduate student Cody Ruiz arrives in Japan for his 10-week NSF EAPSI and JSPS-funded research- Read his weekly blog posts here

Graduate student Cody Ruiz awarded an NSF EAPSI grant to conduct research at Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute. Read about his project here

Graduate student Andrew Kramer shares his thesis research progress on the tales that teeth tell. Read about his research here

Graduate student Dexter Zirkle on unraveling the mysteries of the anterior inferior iliac spine. Read about his research here

Graduate student Emily Munger was awarded an NSF EAPSI grant to study at the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University in Japan this summer. Read her weekly updates.

Graduate student Morgan Chaney received funding for his Master's thesis research through experiment com- read about his summer in the Costa Rican wilderness here