Anthropology has been offered at the University of Arkansas since 1925. The Archeological Field School began in 1949, and from 1925 until 1949, S.C. Dellinger, chair of zoology and curator of the University Museum, taught a few courses as part of the zoology curriculum. For a few years there was a combined Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The department, which became independent in 1969, is today one of 19 in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
Our department offers many approaches to the various subfields and topics within anthropology. Our program draws upon the strengths of 17 department-based faculty members as well as 15 Ph.D.-holding archeologists within the Arkansas Archeological Survey who have graduate faculty status with the university. As well as offering B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees, the department cooperates in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Environmental Dynamics.
Our archeology faculty is particularly strong in expertise on the U.S. Southeast, the Great Plains, and the Middle East. A major emphasis, in collaboration with the Arkansas Archeological Survey, is public archeology.
Biological anthropology is broadly defined as encompassing the present and past nature and evolution of humankind and other primates. Our faculty are particularly strong in dental anthropology.