Department of Anthropology
The department of Anthropology was established in 2018/19 academic year as fifth department of Institute of Archaeology and Tourism. Since then it has been teaching undergraduate anthropology students. In addition to that since 2019/20 academic year one course of anthropology has become a common course to be given to all first year university students across the country.
The department has focused on four-field anthropology emphasizing work across a range of sub disciplines (archaeological Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistic anthropology, and cultural anthropology). We train our students in both theoretical and applied approaches, preparing them to understand humankind holistically, within a historical context, and with cultural relativism.
Besides teaching undergraduate students the department has planned to establish a postgraduate program in various field of Anthropology. The postgraduate program in the department is anticipating to having specialized fields in the following (A) Social Anthropology: (1) Environmental Anthropology (2) Medical Anthropology (3) Development Anthropology (4) Anthropology of Gender (5) Rural Anthropology. (B) Biological Anthropology: (1) Paleoan thropology (2) Forensic Anthropology.
Anthropology is at the core of liberal education, bridging several disciplines across the humanities, natural and social sciences, emphasizing critical thinking and an appreciation for the value of inclusivity. Our approach, which integrates bio-cultural, evolutionary, applied and comparative perspectives, allows us to train our students to examine humanity holistically, and provides them with the skills needed to become active participants in diverse communities.
The Anthropology department will set a standard of excellence in liberal education that incorporates a strong theoretical foundation (including biological, cultural, medical, comparative and material studies among others), an applied specialty that emphasizes the practical and problem-solving aspects of anthropology, and a strong commitment to community engagement throughout our scholarship, teaching and service. This approach, emphasizing the importance of diversity and inclusivity, strives to broaden our students’ experiences, expand their knowledge base and prepare them for meaningful careers in a dynamic society. We aspire to be one of the competitive departments in our country in the coming ten years.