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.The school maintains field stations and laboratories in 11 nations.

Celebrating more than 35 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. 

Exploring the fundamental questions of who we are, where we came from and where we are headed is the focus of ASU's Interplanetary Initiative in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. 

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 School of Human Evolution and Social Change offers flexible programs of study, hundreds of courses, and unequalled opportunities in student growth.
The ASU-managed facility at Teotihuacan provides a space for teams of students and researchers to study one of the largest cities in the ancient world.