The Ohio State University Department of Anthropology offers educational and research opportunities through teaching and other activities in physical (or biological) anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology. Our empirical and scientific orientation emphasizes teaching and research in evolution, ecology, diet, adaptation, and health in past and living societies.
By the Numbers
Enrollment in anthropology classes has increased by 25% in the last three years.
Research funding totaled $1M (2010-2011)
330 Undergraduate Majors
70 Graduate Students
BS, anthropological sciences
The Department of Anthropology is home to the new Interdisciplinary Minor in Forensic Science Evolutionary Studies
MA and PhD in anthropology
The Global History of Health Project
The Department of Anthropology, in partnership with the Department of Economics, is leading one of the first—and the largest—international studies on the health of Europeans during the past 10,000 years on indicators including skeletal remains, stature, dental health, degenerative joint disease, anemia, trauma, and diet.
Research Focus Areas
Prehistory of indigenous peoples; ethnobotany, social behavior and communication in non-human primates; forensic science; bioarchaeology; health; evolution, ecology, and environmental impact on primates and humans—past and present; impact of migrations.
Faculty and student research is conducted around the world, from Medieval Tuscany, Italy to Lake Okeechobee, Florida; the African pastoral systems of Cameroon to the earliest city in the world at Catalhoyuk, Turkey.
THE DEPARTMENT HAS INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EXPERTS IN EVOLUTION, ECOLOGY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ON PAST AND LIVING PRIMATES AND HUMANS.
Anthropology in Action
Faculty and their students conduct research around the nation and across the world on the ecology of infectious diseases, primate behavior, the origins of agriculture, forensic identificationand much more—Anthropology is a global discipline.
Barbara Piperta, assistant professor of anthropology, conducts research in Latin America, Brazil, and the Amazon on human ecology, reproduction, nutrition, and health.
Scott McGraw, professor of anthropology, is director of the Tai Monkey Project. He and a staff of seven field workers protect, observe, and document the behavior of 1000+ West African monkeys living in the Tai forest of Ivory Coast.