To be a leading master’s program in evolutionary and ecological approaches in anthropology, known for collaborating with scholars across fields in improving understanding of coupled human-natural systems.
To make substantial contributions in research on major environmental dilemmas facing humanity; To provide our students opportunities to learn to think critically and communicate effectively; To produce graduates with the highest degree of competence in concepts, methods, and theories relevant to the study of human-environment relationships.
- providing students exposure to anthropological methods and theories relevant to solving the major challenges to humanity, including environmental dilemmas, conflict and cooperation, and health;
- realizing the STEM-related objectives of the university, producing graduates that have skills aligned to workforce needs including lifelong critical learning, data analysis and communication, and an understanding of science as inquiry;
- emphasizing scientific analyses, including a balance of theory and data;
- pursuing funded research opportunities, bridging natural and social sciences, participating in interdisciplinary research, realizing integration across units/disciplines, and contributing to liberal education in the university.