You are encouraged to conduct guided independent research at Augustana. Anthropology independent study courses and field research projects present numerous opportunities for you to work with local experts and faculty in your area of interest.
The Northern Plains region offers vast opportunities for research, including historic farmsteads, early inhabitants of North America, the study of modern cultures and the study of ancient lifeways. Opportunities abound for research in all of the subfields of anthropology — archeology, both cultural and physical anthropology and linguistics.
Research — in the library, in the laboratory, in museums and in the field — is at the heart of the field of anthropology. Research, conference attendance and publication provide the principal route for important research to reach the academic community. Archeologists and anthropologists at the Archeology Laboratory and the anthropology department have produced thousands of reports, scholarly articles and publications.
Our work has been published in major journals such as "American Antiquity" and "Plains Anthropologist." The journal "South Dakota Archeology" is published at the Archeology Laboratory and our collection of archeological and anthropological publications number in the thousands.