Department of Anthropology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

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It's the study of humans and their cultures in the broadest sense. We study humanity, past and present, in all its biological and cultural aspects. Our students examine the diversity, origins, and evolution of human and primate culture and behavior, the development of human culture and the processes of culture change, the phenomenon of language, and the structure and meaning of human interaction.