School of Human Evolution and Social Change

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change stands apart from peer institutions as a hub of transdisciplinary, use-inspired research and innovative education. With roots in the four fields of anthropology – archaeology, bioarchaeology, evolutionary anthropology and sociocultural anthropology – the school is also home to programs in global health, applied mathematics for the life and social sciences, environmental social sciences and museum studies. Its 60 faculty, 40 fully equipped laboratories and six research centers and institutes provide unequalled opportunities for student growth and meaningful discovery. Whether exploring ways to mitigate pandemics or tracing the trajectory of human origins, the school’s faculty and students operate from a holistic base that allows for an understanding of how humanity’s past impacts its future.

Offering top-ranked evolutionary anthropology, archaeology and bioarchaeology graduate programs and the largest faculty of any anthropology program in the nation, the school also places in the top 10 in social sciences research funding according to the National Science Foundation’s most recent Higher Education Research Development survey.

School faculty and students conduct fieldwork on six continents and collaborate with a variety of other researchers at Arizona State Univesity, as well as with other institutions across the country and around the world. Among the entities overseen by the school are the Institute of Human Origins and Center for Digital Antiquity.