Origins and Human Evolution

What does it mean to be human? Arizona State University addresses this question through the study of origins and human evolution. Faculty and students at the nationally recognized School of Human Evolution and Social Change conduct research inspired by topics that address global challenges, such as humans’ role in environmental crises, understanding health challenges resistant to public health approaches and exploring urban-focused research. Issues of today are addressed through the Obesity Solutions Initiative, a wide-ranging effort involving students, faculty, staff and the community as well as engaging thousands of research participants over many years to tackle the global problem of obesity.

Exploring the fundamental questions of who we are, where we came from and where we are headed is the Origins Project, which brings together some of the world’s top thinkers and researchers, including Nobel Laureates, to ASU. The Origins Project offers international workshops and exchange, engaging the public with STEM outreach and education projects and informing those leaders developing public policy.

Celebrating more than 30 years of discovery, ASU is also home to the Institute of Human Origins, the leading research organization devoted to the science of human origins. It pursues a transdisciplinary strategy for field and analytical paleoanthropological research to fulfill its mission of integrating social, earth and life science approaches to the most important questions concerning how humans evolved over time. 

Beyond is a pioneering center devoted to confronting the really big questions of science and philosophy.
The Center for Digital Antiquity is devoted to enhancing preservation of and access to the archaeological record.
The Institute of Human Origins leads in organizations devoted to the science of human origins.
The Mechanisms of Evolution Research Center seeks to decipher the general rules by which evolution proceeds in different phylogenetic lineages.
The ASU Origins Project is a transdisciplinary initiative that nurtures research, energizes teaching, and builds partnerships, exploring the most fundamental of questions who we are and where we came from.
The School of Human Evolution and Social Change offers flexible programs of study, hundreds of courses, and unequalled opportunities in student growth.