Thank you for your interest in our department. Our program has grown and changed over the past several decades. We have come a long way since we became independent of Sociology during the 1973/1974 academic year. A Masters in Applied Anthropology was created in 1984, and Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2007. We stand on the shoulders of the faculty and students who came before us who have created a foundation that makes this place an intellectually vibrant place to study and research. While we have had several retirements of key faculty members over the past few years, we have also added six faculty members to the department, and I am optimistic that we will continue to grow and strengthen our programs in the areas of health, heritage and the environment.

The Department of Anthropology is known for its strong theoretical orientation and it is nationally recognized for being an excellent applied program. Our faculty work with and make connections between local peoples, national governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), inter-governmental agencies, and academic institutions. We have a strong commitment to preserving and transmitting the knowledge of the past, as well as to illuminating and confronting the challenges of the present.

Anthropology is unique at the University of Maryland because of our ability to teach smaller than average class sizes, which encourages the development of strong student - faculty mentoring relationships. Undergraduate enrollment has increased steadily over the past few years, and we continue to attract the best and brightest graduate students. We continue as always to prize our Ph.D., M.A.A./M.H.P., B.A./B.S., and ENSP students.

I hope you find our website useful. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.


Paul A. Shackel