Program Type: Undergraduate
Minor Requirements: View Requirements
Department: Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy
We offer students a rewarding field of scholarly endeavor that prepares them to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the ancient world, a period of human society when crucial steps were made in constructing the foundations for the modern world. The program offers students an opportunity to learn about a period of human history when the building blocks of contemporary religions, languages, social systems, and technologies were laid down. Students pursue research across such a depth of time through interdisciplinary approach that draws upon a variety of fields, including anthropology, archaeology, art, classics, English, history, philosophy, political science, religious studies, theatre, world languages, and others. There are many ancient civilizations resources in the area near NKU. One prime example is the Cincinnati Art Museum with its collections of art related to ancient Egypt, Far East, Africa, and the Americas. There are more than 150 departments of ancient civilizations (or classics or near Eastern civilizations or Latin & Greek) in the USA and Canada, and NKU is proud to be part of that group. The ancient civilizations minor is housed within the anthropology program in the sociology, anthropology and philosophy department.
Each year NKU Anthropology presents the Outstanding Student in Ancient Civilization Award.
Landrum Academic Center 217E
Graduating Year: 2024
Education: Anthropology major, Ancient Civilization minor, Biology minor, History minor, Interdisciplinary Honors minor
Ansley is a very active student scholar. She is currently (summer 2023) conducting a summer research on the development of social relationships in wild olive baboons at the Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project in Laikipia, Kenya under the mentorship of Dr. Monica Wakefield. Her research was funded by Collaborative Faculty-Student Project Award by NKU College of Arts and Sciences (awarded to Dr. Monica Wakefield with Ansley Cahill as named student); and Swarts-Milburn Undergraduate Research Fellowship, NKU College of Arts and Sciences (Awarded to Ansley Cahill).
Ansley is a recipient of Founders Merit-Based Scholarship. In April 2023, Ansley presented an original research at the Committee on Diversity Undergraduate Research Symposium at the American Association of Biological Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Reno, NV. Ansley’s academic performance is outstanding. She currently has a GPA of 3.9, and she has consistently been on the Dean’s and the President’s Honor’s lists since 2020. She is a very active community member.
She is a member of the Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society as well as the Baboon Lab Group (Fall 2022 – present). She also serves as a University Housing Residential Assistant (Fall 2022 – present). She has also served as Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for ANT 202 Biological Anthropology (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022). Ansley is the current Vice-President of the SAPiens Student Society.
In her future plans, Ansley would like to continue working with Dr. Wakefield and the Baboon Lab Group to analyze the data she collects this summer to present at multiple conferences over the academic year. After graduation in Spring 2024, Ansley plans to pursue graduate studies in Biological or Archaeological Anthropology.
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