The unique intellectual challenge of anthropology is to integrate knowledge from many disciplines for a global understanding of cultural and biological diversity in the past and the present. Individual courses in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology cut across lines of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Because of this integrative perspective on the human condition, and the training provided in objectively assessing cultural patterning and social interaction, an advanced degree in anthropology provides a versatile base for career development. For students considering the possibility of doctoral-level work in anthropology, the department has an excellent record in placing students in top-tier graduate programs.

The University of Colorado Denver Department of Anthropology provides an outstanding graduate education in anthropology, giving students a broad yet thorough grounding in the four subfields of anthropology as well as specialized instruction in one or more of a number of research orientations and/or geographic area concentrations. These orientations encompass the areas of research and application in which department faculty have substantial expertise.

The graduate faculty in anthropology are particularly known for their research and publications in:

  • applied medical anthropology
  • the anthropology of food and nutrition
  • human ecology
  • biological anthropology
  • human and non-human primate evolution
  • functional morphology
  • ethnicity
  • urban and community anthropology
  • evaluation methods
  • the anthropology of development
  • primate social behavior
  • prehistoric political economy
  • sociopolitical evolution
  • political ecology
  • environmental anthropology
  • Southwestern and Mexican archaeology