Department of Anthropology

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Graduate Studies
Master of Arts in Anthropology

Undergraduate Majors
Social Sciences Concentration
Natural Sciences Concentration

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


Letters from the field


Several UofL Anthropology majors and graduates have shared their fieldwork experience and research interests with us. Our interactive map takes you around the world learn from their experiences as UofL Anthropology students.

See our students in action!

U of L Anthropologists in the Real World


 Dr. Storey works collaboratively with Louisville communities.

 Pictured (L-R): Dr. Storey, UofL Anthropology; Chris Wales, graduate student researcher, Urban and Public Affairs; Jeremy  Jackson,  undergraduate student fellow, CCTSJR; Dr.Johnson, UofL Public Health


Student Spotlight

Biological Anthropology Graduate Student
Roxanne Leiter

"I have received the Dean's Citation Award for my 2017 graduate school commencement ceremony. The award recognizes accomplishments, such as research presentation and teaching service, in graduate school beyond academic excellence. I am a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, where I have presented several posters throughout my undergraduate and graduate career. In addition, I have taught a reading comprehension course on behalf of the REACH program (Resources for Academic Achievement) for the past three and a half years."

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.

Read more about what is Anthropology?

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 why study Anthropology.

The department offers a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis on Social Science, which prepares students for a variety of careers and graduate study in the social sciences, as well as a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis on Natural Science, which prepares students for medical school or graduate study in epidemiology, the natural sciences, 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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fax (502) 852-4560

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