Welcome to Anthropology

Chair's Message

Kimbra Smith

Anthropology is the study of humankind throughout space and time; as such, the field of anthropology brings together the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to explore the full range of diversity in the human past, human biology, and social life and practices. The UCCS Department of Anthropology serves our students and community by promoting and advancing a nuanced understanding of human origins, history, and diversity. Integrating creative and robust research with outreach to students and the community though teaching and service, we provide our students with rich opportunities to learn and collaborate both in and out of the classroom. We focus on opportunities such as team teaching, interdisciplinary coursework, and integration into applied and hands-on research projects to give our students a well-rounded look at the human experience.

Collectively, the members of the UCCS Department of Anthropology believe in a synergistic approach connecting our research, teaching, and service. We are engaged in strong interdisciplinary collaborations both within our department and with colleagues in several related fields, from psychology, geography, sociology, biology, and health sciences to Women’s and Ethnic Studies, museum studies, theatre, and history. We seek to continue offering one of the best undergraduate anthropology programs in the country while striving to enhance our core strengths. First, we will continue to grow our already robust program integrating undergraduates into a broad array of applied anthropological work, from hands-on training in curation, preservation, public outreach, laboratory techniques, field methods, and cultural resource management to participation in local and international field schools, internships, and community-based research opportunities. Second, we will expand the pioneering interdisciplinary research and teaching offered by our world-renowned Center for Cognitive Archaeology and related interdisciplinary initiatives in human cognition and evolution.​ Third, we will continue to provide students with a broad anthropological foundation that will serve them within and beyond the classroom, and a disciplinary skill set, both critical and applied, that will be useful throughout their lives and in a wide variety of career paths.

Kimbra Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor / 719-255-3555 / ksmith5@uccs.edu.

Featured Programs

Flyer for ANTH 4800

Interested in Anthropological Linguistics? If so, please check out this information on Dr. Rebecca Wood's ANTH 4800 class. (Click on the image above for more information)


Being Human: Topics that matter locally and around the world Flyer
New simulation shows how climate during last glacial period impacted Europe’s genetic makeup MORE
Dr Minette Church
Faculty profile: Minette Church searches for untold stories
Minette Church has unearthed shards of ceramics, broken toys and other artifacts from people who lived long ago, trying to connect the past to the present. MORE
Handaxe from West Tofts, England, knapped around a fossilized seashell
Groundbreaking First Sculpture exhibit opens at Dallas's Nasher Sculpture Center
David Steilow UCCS Anthropology graduate
posts blog
David Stielow, grad, just posted a public archaeology blog for the international Day of Archaeology project site. He's a park ranger for the city of Colo. Spgs. MORE
Dr. Minette Church
Dr. Minette Church
The line is a line drawn upon a map, and the Country is a wilderness”: British Colonial Memory and the San Pedro Maya of Western Belize | MORE

Dr. Rebecca Wood

Congratulations to Dr. Wood on her NSF-NEH Documenting Endangered Languages fellowship!
History Colorado Seeking Summer AmeriCorps Volunteers  PUEBLO, Colo. (April 30, 2019) – History Colorado is seeking volunteers for its Colorado Service Learning Council (CSLC) Summer Associates, a 10 week AmeriCorps VISTA program that engages volunteers in intensive service experiences. | 

Opportunities are available at all History Colorado properties, with a wide range of duties available from helping with summer camps to living history interpretation to assisting with podcast production. The sites with AmeriCorps opportunities include:

  • The Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House in Denver
  • El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo
  • Fort Vasquez Museum in Platteville
  • History Colorado Center in Denver
  • Trinidad History Museum in Trinidad
  • Ute Indian Museum in Montrose

Marisa Lopez, a student at Pueblo Community College, was an CSLC Summer Associate at El Pueblo History Museum in 2018. She helped lead the eight-week Hands-On History Summer Camp. "I loved interacting with our students and helping plan activities for the summer. Being able to make a positive impact in my community was such a great growth opportunity for me," she said.

CSLC Summer Associates serve full-time from June to August, 2019, and earn a modest living stipend based on the cost of living in the county in which they serve (ranging from $2,361 - $2,813) and a scholarship of $1,222 upon completing their service that can be used to pay tuition/fees at an accredited higher education institution or to pay back qualified loans. To qualify for the program applicants must be at least 18 years old, be a US citizen/permanent resident, pass a federal background check, serve full-time, and attend required trainings and events, including an in-person orientation in June.


For more information:
Emily Dobish, Director of Volunteer Engagement
Emily.Dobish@state.co.us | 303-866-3961

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