Skip to Main Content

Department of Anthropology

  • faculty group banenr
    anthropology faculty and staff

  • yu-chinatrip
    anthropology faculty in action – pei-lin yu

    Dr. Pei-lin Yu recently spoke at the International Congress of Historical Sciences in Shandong, in eastern China. To find out more about her thoughts on the trip and the effects of climate change on China’s cultural heritage, read More Here

  • NWEEHB4_slider
    4th annual nweehb symposium

    The 4th annual Northwest Evolution, Ecology and human Behavior symposium is set for April 20-22, 2016 at Boise State University. See the NWEEHB Symposium website for more details.

  • KathrynDemps Focus-web
    anthropology faculty in action – kathryn demps

    Dr. Kathryn Demps is featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Exploremagazine.

  • 10th annual e-Girl STEM program
    E-Girl STEM day at boise state

    Anthropology students and faculty participate in the 10th annual e-Girls STEM program at Boise State. The workshop entitled "The History of the Human Body" explored the mosaic nature of human evolution through three hands-on stations: 1) primate vision and hands from 65 mya; 2) bipedality from 5-7 mya, and 3) big brains and tools from 2 mya.

  • Mark Plew Focus Article
    anthropology faculty in action – mark plew

    Archaeology professor Mark Plew is featured in the Spring 2013 FOCUS magazine, "Archaeologist Piecing Together 7,000-Year-Old Idaho History." Read Article...

  • ANTH 101 service learning
    service learning students

    ANTH 101 service learning students make rattles and feeding tubes to challenge and entertain primates at Zoo Boise. Murphy, a mangabey monkey, plays with a rattle.

  • 2014 field school
    archaeology field school

    The 2014 summer archaeology field school conducted its field excavations near Hammett, Idaho.

Welcome to the Anthropology Department website and our degree programs at Boise State University. We are a growing, research-oriented faculty with a thematic focus on human evolution and ecology. The department is committed to applying the scientific method to understanding the behavior, ecology, social relations, and sustained resource use of our species. Learn More…

Why Study Anthropology?

  • Are you interested in a career in business, government, law, or medicine?
  • Would you like to interpret past human activities?
  • Are you concerned about the environment and want to be part of the solution?
  • Are you fascinated by debates about the evolution of our species over the past 5 million years?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, write to to find out more about becoming an anthropology major.