Chair's Message

Michelle Escasa-DorneAnthropology is the study of humankind throughout space and time; as such, the field of anthropology brings together the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to explore the full range of diversity in the human past, human biology, and social life and practices.

The UCCS Department of Anthropology serves our students and community by promoting and advancing a nuanced understanding of human origins, history, and diversity. Integrating creative and robust research with outreach to students and the community though teaching and service, we provide our students with rich opportunities to learn and collaborate both in and out of the classroom.

We focus on opportunities such as team teaching, interdisciplinary coursework, and integration into applied and hands-on research projects to give our students a well-rounded look at the human experience.

Michelle Escasa-Dorne, Ph.D.

Statement regarding the shooting on Oneida Nation


Last weekend, a casino shooting rocked the Oneida Nation in Green Bay, Wisconsin. While motives for this most recent event are not clear, indigenous communities in the United States are suffering from higher mortality rates from COVID and ongoing violence including disappearances and murders of indigenous women and girls. As incidents of violence against Black Americans, Muslim Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanic Americans have been widely and justly denounced across the nation, incidents affecting Native communities have often been less visible in our media.

The UCCS Departments of Anthropology, Sociology, and Women's and Ethnic Studies stand in solidarity with the Oneida Nation as tribal members grieve the violence committed on Saturday. We further support our student Lanice Powless, a member of the Oneida tribe, in raising awareness of these issues and encouraging our community to participate in the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women rally Wednesday, May 5 at 5 pm.

Statement of solidarity regarding rise of anti-Asian harassment


The Department of Sociology, the Women’s and Ethnic Studies Program, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of History at UCCS stand firm in denouncing the recent rise of anti-Asian harassment, hate, and violence. We also condemn willfully ignorant statements that draw upon stereotypes of Asians/Asian Americans and minimize the ongoing violence directed at them, such as those made by Captain Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office insinuating that the Atlanta mass shooting that killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, were the actions of a sex addict simply having a “bad day.”As scholars dedicated to the study of race, inequality, and social justice, we want to be clear that acts of xenophobia and racism of any kind have no place in our classrooms, workplaces, or communities.


Featured Program

Featured Program
Center for Cognitive Archaeology

Provides both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study the evolutionary development of cognition in humans and other primates. The CCA offers 12 different online courses, which are taught by professors from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and by experts from all over the world. Upon successful completion of any four courses, the University of Colorado will award an official Certificate of Cognitive Archaeology at the undergraduate or graduate level.