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Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems.

Historically, anthropologists in the United States have been trained in one of four areas: sociocultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics.

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Dr. Thomas Pozorski

Dr. Thomas Pozorski
Anthropology Program Coordinator

Message from the Program Coordinator

Welcome to the web site of the Anthropology Program at UTPA.   On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, I welcome you to learn about our discipline and our program.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me. I hope to see you in our program and wish you success in your future endeavors.

“What could I do with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology?”

A major or minor anthropology is especially appropriate for professionals closely involved with people. Our graduates acquire skills useful in many careers rather than skills applicable to one job. Our program is strong in border studies, especially involving the US-Mexico border. Several of our faculty members are actively engaged in research projects on border issues such as politics, health, folklore, and historical background. Collaboration with other faculty members in the university who have similar interests makes this research particularly timely and important. Students are exposed to these issues through their classes and also by their inclusion in the research projects themselves. Through their participation in classes and research projects, students are uniquely qualified and well trained to help businesses flourish in the rapidly changing demography of the US where Mexican-origin populations are becoming increasingly important both in terms of economics and politics.

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