The Department of Anthropology is celebrating its 40th anniversary this 2013/2014 school semester.
Over the past 40 years, the Anthropology Department has endeavored to nurture new anthropologists, encourage participation in the academic community, and emphasize the importance of applied anthropology. Our emphasis on active community engagement has led our faculty and students to field sites around the globe.
The Certificate Program in Museum Scholarship and Material Culture augments graduate work in American Studies, Anthropology, Historic Preservation, and History by training students to understand the particular challenges, issues, and opportunities encountered when conducting and presenting material culture scholarship in the museum environment. The program takes advantage of close collaboration with the world’s largest museum establishment, the Smithsonian Institution. Core courses are taken at the Smithsonian with the participation of Smithsonian staff. The certificate aims to equip students with skills for research, scholarship, and presentation that are appropriate to museums of history, culture, and material life.
While many of our department's day-to-day activities are supported by the University, there are a number of other programs and opportunities we offer that are unfunded. Examples of these include scholarships, research, and travel funds for our students, additional support to faculty for summer research, and special activities, like conferences and seminars, throughout the year.
The Department of Anthropology is a proud participant of the Office of Sustainability's Green Office Program.
True sustainability happens when it is embedded into our core operation. The Green Office Program engages staff, faculty and students in a dynamic initiative that promotes best environmental practices at the University of Maryland. The program supports and promotes offices/units that are taking steps toward reducing their environmental footprint. It seeks to motivate environmentally friendly behaviors by providing definitive guidelines and reducing confusion about best practices. The program operates through a network of representatives (GO Reps) in schools, centers and administrative units.