Cultures of Past & Present

Cultures of Past & Present

Anthropology is a discipline that employs multiple perspectives to understand the diversity of the human experience across space and time. Anthropologists seek not only to define how people organize their lives and fashion meaning from the world, but also to understand how and why cultures change.

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Anthropology is about us – all the people of the world.  Where we came from, where we’ve been, and in some cases, where we are going.  We are interested in the first primates to walk on their hind legs, to the emperors of China, the people that built the pyramids, the first families to make America their home, and people that work in factories today.  We search for information about modern diseases we’ve inherited from our ancestors, how governments are run, and why families are more diverse than we see on television, and the causes of domestic violence or addiction.  Anthropologists explore how languages affect the way we think and identify ourselves to others, and even the beginnings of language, symbolic thought, and music.  Who we are is what Anthropologists study.

Undergraduate Tuition Waiver

Archaeology DayAll applicants must be currently enrolled UAA undergraduate students, and must submit a copy of their academic transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) and a 250 maximum word essay about their goals with an anthropology degree! Applications due at 5:00pm on January 19th, 2017.

Anthropology Undergraduate Tuition Waiver Application


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Dr. Doug Veltre is being recognized for his many years of Anthropology research.

Dr. Doug Veltre



If you have questions about the Anthropology Program, contact Erin Nance, 907-786-1356 or, the Academic Advisor for the Social Sciences. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged.