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Seoul National University Department of Anthropology was first established in 1961 as a joint department with archaeology and became a separate department in 1975 under the roof of the College of Social Sciences. The first and oldest of its kind in Korean universities, SNU Department of Anthropology today has 11 faculty members specialized in various subfields and regional areas. A strong and vibrant community in research and education, the Department runs the Institute for Cross-Cultural Studies (ICCS) and Biological Anthropology Lab, and publishes two academic journals, Bigyo munhwa yeongu [Cross-Cultural Studies] and Korean Anthropology Review. Students organize and participate in undergraduate anthropology clubs and conferences, graduate workshops, and other department activities year-around. In 2016, the Department became a recipient of an institutional grant, BK 21 Plus, of the Korea Research Foundation. The BK 21 Plus program allows generous funding for a four and a half year period for graduate training in master’s and doctoral degree programs, focusing on cross-cultural research in Northeast and Southeast Asia. SNU Department of Anthropology is well poised to become an intellectual hub in Asian and global anthropology in the twenty-first century, the era of Asia.

For more information, read the Department Chair's interview in American Anthropologist