The anthropology department started its academic curriculum under the Faculty of Social Sciences on December 05, 1992. It is an important branch of social sciences through academic and applied practices. Being started with a limited number of faculty, the class of the first batch began in January 1993 (session 1992-1993). The department has stepped into its 30th year of establishment. Currently, there are 17 Full time and 02 Part-time teachers. Professor Dr. Shaila Sharmeen is the Chairperson of the department. The department has the facilities of a classroom, seminar library, computer lab, and Internet for the students. The department offers students BSS (Hons.), MSS, M.Phil, and Ph.D. courses. Since 1992, more than twelve hundred students have received Bachelor of Social Science and Master of Social Science degrees. More than 25 students were awarded Ph.D. and MPhil degrees during the same period. The University of Dhaka now has one of the oldest and most successful undergraduate and postgraduate Anthropology programs. There is a growing interest among students in taking up anthropology as the subject of study.
The Department of Anthropology has sought to achieve the highest possible distinction for teaching and scholarly research and has accomplished this by extending boundaries of knowledge in both traditional and new fields in the social sciences. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, our scholarship, and the connections we build between them. Synchronized with our institution’s rich heritage, the Department is committed to producing the country’s leader in all facets, from classroom instruction to national policy setting. Our values-based commitment is to create an optimal learning environment for all students from all over the country and help expand the horizons of knowledge and culture among students, colleagues, and the general citizenry. We devote all of our resources and energies to developing strong mission-driven scholarship programs (research and creative activities) in the acquisition, synthesis, dissemination, and creation of new research knowledge, coupled with the application of knowledge and the invigoration of undergraduate and graduate education.