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Anthropology is the study of past and present human societies.

Anthropologists are concerned with the origin, history, and future of our own species, so the field is as diverse as people are. It is one of the most wide-ranging of the academic disciplines.

If you have questions about any of our Anthropology courses (enrollment, waitlist, instructor, course syllabus from courses you've taken or other questions), please contact Mrs. Le-Thu Erazmus Campbell at, ANTH Office Manager | Scheduling & Undergraduate Officer.

If you have questions about deadlines or application materials for our graduate program, please contact Corinne Butler at (CLAS Graduate Program Coordinator) or call 785-864-9419.

ANTH Faculty in the News:

Carlton Shield Chief Gover, acting assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, is a primary co-author on an article awarded the 2024 Newcomb Cleveland Prize by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. "Early dispersal of domestic horses into the Great Plains and Northern Rockies" was published in the March 31, 2023, issue of Science. Congrats, Carlton! 

ANTH Students in the News:

Three outstanding University Honors students have been selected as the University of Kansas nominees for Harry S. Truman Scholarships.

The prestigious national awards, which provide up to $30,000 for graduate study, are given to college juniors for leadership in public service. They are highly competitive, with only about 60 Truman Scholars named nationwide each year.

Emily Ward, a junior in anthropology and political science minoring in Spanish.  Congratulations Emily!!!

To read the full article, click here.

We are happy to announce the 2024 Archaeology Roadshow class, which will focus on the archaeology of the American Southwest. This is a Fall Semester three-credit class, which meets for the last two weeks of the summer, August 8 – 22. Dr. Ted Goebel and Dr. Kelly Graf will lead the roadshow, which will visit the beautiful and culturally rich landscapes of the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. In the class, students will learn about the archaeology, geology, and paleoecology of the region, completing a series of field exercises in places like Grand Canyon National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Arches National Park. The group travels by van and pickup truck, camping each night and preparing meals in groups.






Upcoming Anthropology Conferences

  • Anthropological Plains Conference, 81st Annual Meeting - Location and dates TBD for 2024.
  • American Anthropological Association (AAA) 119th Annual Meeting (hybrid meeting) - Tampa, FL, Nov. 20-24, 2024.
  • American Association of Biological Anthropologist (AABA) 93rd Annual Meeting - Los Angeles, CA, March 20-23, 2024.
  • Flint Hills Archaeological Conference, 45th Annual Meeting - Wichita, KS, March 22-23, 2024.
  • Midwest Archaeological Conference, Inc (MAC), Annual Meeting - Milwaukee, WI, October 16-19, 2024.
  • Society for American Archaeology (SAA), 89th Annual Meeting - New Orleans, LA, April 17-21, 2024.
  • Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Annual Meeting - Santa Fe, NM; March 26-30, 2024.

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