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Anthropology (literally the study of humans) is an extremely broad and diverse field concerned with every aspect of the human condition: past present and future. Students studying Anthropology at the University of Tennessee learn of this breadth and diversity by taking courses in Cultural, Biological and Archaeological Anthropology. Research conducted by the faculty and graduate students of the Department is as wide-ranging (both topically and geographically) as the field itself.

Our research is supported by major funding agencies, is presented at scholarly conferences and published in the most highly-respected journals and academic presses. We share our knowledge with the public by our academic outreach efforts which include lectures to school and civic groups. Our professional expertise is constantly in demand. Our faculty maintain on-going collaborations with law enforcement, local, state, national and international agencies, private industry and non-governmental organizations.

Please explore our site to learn more about Anthropology at the University of Tennessee.




New Trucks for the FAC!

VOLstarter is UT’s online crowdfunding platform that allows donors to financially contribute towards specific UT projects conducted by UT students, faculty, and staff. The platform is an easy way for donors to give back to the university while seeing a direct impact of their contribution.

The FAC is in need of two new (or slightly used) vehicles to replace our aging trucks so that we can continue our research, training and service.The new vehicles will provide the FAC with a reliable means of transporting our staff and students to forensic crime scenes and to transport individuals who have donated their body to science.


Position Opening – Department Chair of the Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, the flagship campus of University of Tennessee system, invites applicants for the position of department head with open sub disciplinary specialization. For more information please visit:

The Department of Anthropology will soon be moving to a new building, Sophronia Strong Hall. Please click on the links below to view some of the updates and progress as the building is being constructed.

January 2014 – Construction Begins on Strong Hall Renovation and Expansion

Current – Strong Hall Project Page (Includes slideshow of construction progress)

March 2016 – Dr. Jeffrey Moersch of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences piloted a drone around the continuing construction of the new Sephronia Strong Hall, see the video below or follow Dr. Moersch’s Vimeo page here:


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