Areas of Specialization
In addition to the traditional four subdisciplines of anthropology, the department has two areas of specialization which crosscut subdisciplinary lines. These areas are biocultural medical anthropology and the anthropology of complex Native American societies. The department offers doctoral degrees in these two specializations, only.
Biocultural medical anthropology is concerned with the biological and cultural interactions that influence the perceptions and symptoms of illness and health. Topical interests include folk medical models, stress and chronic disease, epidemiology, and paleopathology. Faculty: Cooper, DeCaro, Dressler, Jacobi, Lynn, Murphy, Oths.
Complex societies of Native Americans have been studied by all of our archaeology faculty. Focal areas of study range from art history to social organization and settlement patterns. Faculty: Blitz, Brown, Clouse, Diehl, Knight, and LeCount.