The major in Anthropology provides a broad foundation across the sub-disciplines of our field. It includes coursework in cultural, biological, and archeological anthropology, and training in methods, ethics, and anthropological writing. Students are required to take "gateway" courses in cultural anthropology and biological or archeological anthropology, a course with a "critical geographies" focus (which includes the most up-to-date regionally-focused work in anthropology), anthropological theory, and methods. Students may pursue additional courses on diverse topics. Our classes are mostly small and discussion-oriented, and all majors must take two small upper-level seminars. Students can present their research at the Spring Student Anthropology Symposium and have the option of pursuing independent research through one-semester courses and the senior honors thesis. This combination of hands-on research, disciplinary breadth, global and local understanding, and intellectual community makes Anthropology an exciting major and excellent preparation for a wide range of careers.
A minor in Anthropology complements a wide range of majors and disciplines, providing highly transferable skills and a grounding in a holistic and theoretically-informed way of thinking about humans in the world. We offer four distinct minors that allow you to gain a foundation in a thematically focused area of anthropology and training in specific methods, including ethnographic and publicly-engaged research.
If you would like to declare a major in Anthropology, you should select a faculty advisor from Professors Amahl Bishara, Alex Blanchette, Sarah Luna, Tatiana Chudakova, Craig Cipolla, Zarin Machanda, Sarah Pinto, Nick Seaver, Cathy Stanton, or Lauren Sullivan. You can get an idea of our areas of interest and expertise. It is a good idea to speak to several of us first to discuss your interests, goals, and expectations. You may also want to speak to some of our advisees in order to make sure that your prospective advisor's advising style is a good "fit" for you.
Students can declare a minor by first meeting with the designated minor advisor, and then submitting the appropriate form.
- Biological Anthropology: Assistant Professor Zarin Machanda
- Cultural Anthropology: Senior Lecturer Cathy Stanton
- Medical Anthropology: Associate Professor Sarah Pinto
- Social Justice Anthropology: Associate Professor Amahl Bishara