Anthropology

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Anthropology is a field of visionaries, makers and collaborators, taking a critical, creative and holistic approach to the study of humankind. We teach hands-on courses in archaeology and socio-cultural, applied, biological and forensic anthropology, reflecting our faculty members’ research in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Central and Southeast Asia. Through coursework, fieldwork and study-abroad experiences, you’ll gain life-long learning skills that prepare you for success in cross-cultural understanding and communication, working for diverse organizations and tackling complex social issues in today’s global world. Our students are employed in a range of areas such as public health, business, international development, museums and education.

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photos of 5 faculty excellence award winners

They’re All That

They’re All That

COLA faculty are recognized for excellence...

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Anthropologist Amy Michael and law enforcement officers at the entrance to the cave where Joseph Henry Loveless's body was found

Warming a Cold Case

Warming a Cold Case

UNH anthropologist helps identify century-old remains...

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Sleuths Are Haunted by the Cold Case of Julie Doe (The Atlantic)

Sleuths Are Haunted by the Cold Case of Julie Doe (The Atlantic)

UNH anthropologist Amy Michael collaborates with task force for trans cold cases...

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  • Anthropology and Sustainability Majors
    One of Caitlin Burnett’s ’20 fondest academic memories is taking Ethnographic Methods with Dr. Svetlana Peshkova. The professor told the class to find a tree in College Woods and describe it in every way possible. Caitlin not only felt and observed a tree, but also tasted it by eating a piece of...
    Anthropology and Sustainability Majors
    One of Caitlin Burnett’s ’20 fondest academic memories is taking Ethnographic Methods with Dr. Svetlana Peshkova. The professor told the class to find a tree in College Woods and describe it in every way possible. Caitlin not only felt and observed a tree, but also tasted it by eating a piece of...
  • Anthropology Major
    When Riley Boss was a kid growing up in Weare, N.H., her mom used an expression whenever Riley was panicking about getting good grades. The saying, “take the grade and move on,” delivered sound, practical advice about “trusting that things will work themselves out, and that I should focus on things...
    Anthropology Major
    When Riley Boss was a kid growing up in Weare, N.H., her mom used an expression whenever Riley was panicking about getting good grades. The saying, “take the grade and move on,” delivered sound, practical advice about “trusting that things will work themselves out, and that I should focus on things...
  • History and Anthropology Majors | Higher Education Fundraiser
    UNH gave me so many opportunities to shape me into who I am today. I became a more social leader and literally learned how to do my current job from my on-campus job at UNH Phonathon.  
    History and Anthropology Majors | Higher Education Fundraiser
    UNH gave me so many opportunities to shape me into who I am today. I became a more social leader and literally learned how to do my current job from my on-campus job at UNH Phonathon.  
  • Anthropology and Women's Studies Major | Public Affairs Organizer, Planned Parenthood
    Upon graduation from the University of New Hampshire in May 2013 I've jumped right into social justice work.  I have been devoted to the issue of reproductive justice since beginning my time at UNH and I find it very rewarding to find myself in a career path that puts the same emphasis on a topic...
    Anthropology and Women's Studies Major | Public Affairs Organizer, Planned Parenthood
    Upon graduation from the University of New Hampshire in May 2013 I've jumped right into social justice work.  I have been devoted to the issue of reproductive justice since beginning my time at UNH and I find it very rewarding to find myself in a career path that puts the same emphasis on a topic...
  • Anthropology and International Affairs Majors | Director, Soccer Without Borders
    What were you doing 1 year out of college? Returning to graduate school. What were you doing 5 years out of college? Coordinating professional development for teachers and staff in Baltimore City Public Schools. What are you doing now? Directing a small and growing nonprofit organization serving...
    Anthropology and International Affairs Majors | Director, Soccer Without Borders
    What were you doing 1 year out of college? Returning to graduate school. What were you doing 5 years out of college? Coordinating professional development for teachers and staff in Baltimore City Public Schools. What are you doing now? Directing a small and growing nonprofit organization serving...