The mission of the Department of Anthropology is to achieve excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction, research and scholarship, institutional service, and community or public outreach. The Department’s mission is pursued by developing, maintaining, and promoting balance and interdependence across the subdisciplines of archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. The Department is therefore committed to successfully design, implement, and monitor undergraduate and graduate curricula that reflect the many different interests of anthropologists, but which emphasize that the greatest strength of the discipline is its core concepts uniting anthropological inquiry. The Department’s commitment to academia, the public, and its students is firmly grounded in quality and ethically-responsible research and scholarship and that the Department encourages to the greatest possible extent innovative and collaborative research and teaching that focus the activities of faculty from different subdisciplines on common goals. The Department further recognizes its responsibility to promote greater understanding of human diversity in the university and public communities. In keeping with these goals, the Department is committed to intellectual freedom, equal opportunity, and affirmative action for its faculty, staff, and students.
The Department acknowledges the importance of cultural diversity as a theme in both current public debates and disciplinary discourse. The Department further recognizes its role and responsibility to promote greater understanding of racial and cultural diversity among its faculty, students, and the university and public communities. The Department of Anthropology strives to enhance cultural diversity within the discipline by encouraging and recruiting students from historically underrepresented ethnic, national, and class groups to study Anthropology and to bring their perspective and concerns to it. In keeping with these goals, the Department is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action for its faculty, staff, and students regardless of race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, or area of teaching and research focus.