The mission of the Department of Anthropology is to provide undergraduate and graduate instruction in anthropology, and to produce innovative research and scholarship. Key to our research and teaching mission is maintaining integration and balance among anthropology's four fields: biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology, and anthropological archaeology. Through research and publication, and the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, we strive to advance and disseminate knowledge of human and nonhuman primate origins and behavior, major developments in human prehistory, mechanisms of cultural change, human variation and adaptation, and an understanding and appreciation of modern cultural, biological, and linguistic diversity.