Team up with faculty on groundbreaking anthropological research.
The Department of Anthropology was founded in 1935 as part of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alaska. The first undergraduate degrees in Anthropology were given in 1959, the first MA degrees in 1968 and the first PhD degrees in 1988. We are the only anthropology program in the United States that maintains a holistic approach to circumpolar studies, providing instruction and research in all aspects of anthropology.
We have a traditional focus on the circumpolar North. Recent departmental growth has resulted in a new thematic focus on language, culture, and evolution.
The graduate program offers students the opportunity to concentrate study in one of the four sub-fields, to gain research experience and training in the field and in the laboratory, and emphasizes empirical and applied studies.
News and events
by Anthropology Society
Saturday, Oct. 26, 4-5 pm, Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
Gerad Smith, Ph.D. candidate, Anthropology Dept., will be presenting the latest results of mapping the traditional Dene place names of the Tanana Valley. His work, which helps to inform the archaeological interpretations of his dissertation, represents extensive archival research at the Alaska Native Language Center at UAF and new research in conjunction with Dr. James Kari