The Department of Anthropology is known for its strong theoretical orientation and it is nationally recognized for being an excellent applied program. Our faculty work with and make connections between local peoples, national governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), inter-governmental agencies, and academic institutions. We have a strong commitment to preserving and transmitting the knowledge of the past, as well as to illuminating and confronting the challenges of the present. Anthropology is unique at the University of Maryland because of our ability to teach smaller than average class sizes, which encourages the development of strong student - faculty mentoring relationships.
University of Maryland Anthropology majors find meaningful internships with a wide range of non-profits organizations, government agencies, businesses, and academic and cultural institutions.
Fellowships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, part-time employment sometimes available from grants and contracts
The Department of Anthropology at UMD has four archaeology labs which include Archaeology in Annapolis, Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora and Modern Ireland, the Center for Heritage Research Study, and a Zooarchaeology Lab. In addition, we have an Ecological-Environmental Anthropology Lab and Environmental Sensory Lab. Other research centers and programs include the Center for Research and Collaboration in the Indigenous Americas, Chesapeake Bay Environment Program, and the Deal Island Peninsula Project. Advanced computer software & hardware, such as scanners, graphic programs, and digitizing tablets are located in computer labs. UM is a Carnegie Class I research institution with opportunities for students to participate in research projects. The university is also part of the CIC.
Supplementary undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses are commonly offered online.