Formally established in 1934, the Department of Anthropology is committed to the study of human culture. Students receive comprehensive training in critical thinking as they explore and develop a global understanding of culture and society through comparative, holistic studies of communities. Specializations include applied archaeology, ecology, medical anthropology, and discursive practices, with particular focus in Hawai‘i, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the United States.
Office: Saunders Hall 346
Tel: (808) 956-8415
Fax: (808) 956-4893
The Department of Anthropology’s programs encourage and develop fundamental skills such as critical thinking, communication, self-direction, expression, creativity, global awareness and team dynamics.
Major Academic Areas
Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Applied Archaeology, Hawaiian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Medical Anthropology, Ecological Anthropology, Discursive Practices, Asia, Pacific Islands, Oceania
Applied Archaeology trains the next generation of professional non-academic archaeologists to be effective advocates for the study and preservation of historic sites.
Applied Cultural Anthropology trains students in the theories, methods, and analysis of cultural anthropology that can be utilized in careers requiring community-based fieldwork approaches to research.
Ecological Anthropology focuses on human-environment interactions using approaches across the subfields of anthropology.
Medical Anthropology studies the sociocultural dimensions of health and illness.
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Minor in Anthropology, Master of Arts (MA), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)