Department of Anthropology

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Graduate Studies
Master of Arts in Anthropology

Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Undergraduate Minors
Forensic Anthropology, Global Public Health Studies, Socio-cultural Anthropology, Archaeology

Anthropologists ranked #5 in Best Science Jobs and #21 in Best STEM Jobs by US News & World Report.

"I believe my major in anthropology has made me a better attorney and more well rounded person. I encourage current and future students to take a serious look at this field of study."
KY Attorney General
Andy Beshear


Faculty Spotlight

Welcome Dr. Ashley Smallwood

Dr. Smallwood is an Archaeologist who will join the department in 2019.

Video Introduction


Alumni Spotlight

Meet Alumni Mallory Cox








Mallory earned an MA from our program in Spring 2018, currently she is pursuing Ph.D. at Yale University.

Click to read more about Mallory

Our Global Frontiers

Interactive Map

University of Louisville Anthropology faculty research around the world.

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human: from the study of culture and social relations, to human biology and evolution, to languages, to music and art, and to vestiges of human habitation. It considers such fascinating questions as how peoples' behavior changes over time, how people move about the world, why and how people from distant parts of the world and dissimilar cultures are different and the same, how the human species has evolved over millions of years, and how individuals understand and operate successfully in distinct cultural settings.

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Undergraduates majoring in Anthropology learn how to study people as well as how communities and organizations work. Many undergraduates have difficulty selecting their major, changing their minds several times as they search for a course of study which interests them and can lead to post-college employment. That search sometimes results in costly extra years of study. The undergraduates choosing to major in Anthropology can be comfortable that their choice is both exciting and practical.

Read more about Anthropology jobs and why you should study Anthropology.

The department offers a Bachelor of Arts which prepares students for a variety of careers in NGOs, private companies, including Cultural Resource Management (CRM), law, medical school or public health.

Find out more about majoring in Anthropology.

A minor in Anthropology is also offered, allowing students to pursue an archaeological track, a socio-cultural track, international health studies, or a forensics track.

Find out more about Anthropology as a minor.

Anthropology majors find employment in a variety of private and public sector positions. Career opportunities also exist with all levels of government and at nonprofit agencies ranging in focus from local to international.

Some Anthropology majors help companies develop global marketing strategies, and others work to enhance the culture and organization of corporations. Still others carry out archaeological field and lab work for private firms and state agencies.

Read more about Anthropology as a Career.

Department of Anthropology

University of Louisville

Lutz Hall Room 228

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Office Hours

M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm

No holiday hours


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