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          About the Department

Anthropology explores what it is to be human. Anthropology study human diversity all types, in all places, at any time. Anthropology is the study of people their origins, their development, and contemporary variations, wherever and whenever they have been found. It is a broad scientific discipline dedicated to the comparative study of humans as a group, from its first appearance on earth to its present stage of development. Of all the disciplines that study humans, anthropology is by far the broadest in scope. Anthropology builds bridges between humanistic and scientific approaches. The discipline necessarily incorporates a wide range of theoretical and methodological traditions, drawing on and contributing to approaches in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. 

The Department of Anthropology started to offer the course from 2002 E.c up to now. Unlike most other universities of Ethiopia providing Social Anthropology as their departmental discipline, our department starts its delivery of the courses in “Anthropology” which incorporates its four major branches namely; Socio-cultural anthropology, Archaeological anthropology, physical/biological anthropology and linguistic anthropology.

The department offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from its foundation up to now in the regular program. In addition, the department offers common courses program for all freshman students of the university.


  • It is the mission of the Department of Anthropology to offer a quality education that will help learners to develop a profounder understanding and thought of the diversity and complexity of the human experience culturally, biologically, and historically. It is also the mission of the department of anthropology to engage in resourceful anthropological investigations and ethnographic inquiry of indigenous culture that contributes to our understanding of what it means to be human.


  • In line with the university’s vision, anthropology wants to be one of the leading departments with different fields of anthropology in pastoral and agro-pastoral community of East Africa by 2035.


         Department Facilities

The Department of Anthropology provides courses in comfortable classrooms that it shares with other departments of the College of Social Science and Humanities.


       The Department Head

The Department Head is selected from among the teaching staff of the department on the basis of merit and interest as soon as the college announces the vacancy for the post. The term of office of the Department Head is two years. Currently, Mr. Mesfin Ajanaw is serving as Head of the Department.  

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