Anthropology stands at the crossroads of the humanities and social sciences. It is the comparative science of human thought, experience, and behavior in all its social forms. Blending core commitments to deep empirical analysis, to field and archival research techniques, and to advancing social theory; anthropology is one of the most vibrant and diverse fields of research in the human sciences, today.
Anthropology is a discipline that encompasses many subjects of study, all related to understanding human beings and their cultures. For undergraduates, the emphasis is on a comprehensive exposure to the range of interests that anthropologists pursue in their research.
The Department of Anthropology's doctoral program offers advanced training in social/cultural anthropology and archaeology. Regardless of a student's field of specialization, the department believes that the best scholarship emerges from a collaborative, rather than competitive, model of training.
The School of Social Sciences at Rice University is dedicated to challenging old assumptions, finding answers to tough questions and generating solutions that make lives better.
Jeffrey Fleisher, associate professor of anthropology, has been awarded the Sarah A. Burnett Teaching Prize in the Social Sciences, an annual prize given to an outstanding teacher in the School of Social Sciences.