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Anthropology Department

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Undergraduate Studies (Major and Minors)

Anthropology explores the entire range of human experiences in the past and present. Our undergraduate courses cover the breadth of the discipline, including physical anthropology (the study of human evolution and biological variation); archaeology (the study of prehistoric and historic cultures through material remains); linguistics (the study of language—its structure, historic developments, and social aspects); cultural anthropology (the study of contemporary societies); and applied anthropology (the use of anthropological methods and theory to solve real-world problems).

Graduate Studies (M.A. and Ph.D.)

The Anthropology Department offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. While most graduate students are in the doctoral program, the Department does admit some students interested in a terminal M.A. All students receive broad training in quantitative and qualitative methods of social science research. Students work alongside faculty advisors to develop research expertise in topical and regional foci. Students can further deepen their expertise with a Certificate in Advanced Study earned concurrently with their degree. Some of the many options include women and gender studies, conflict resolution, post-conflict reconstruction, NGO management, environmental decision-making, security studies, South Asia studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, Middle East affairs, Europe and the EU, and more.

What can you do with an anthropology degree?

Topical and International Expertise

Faculty members within the Anthropology Department represent wide-ranging interests and sub-specialties, providing students with the opportunity to address issues through multiple lenses.

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Learn more about historical archaeology and bioarchaeology. We teach a wide range of courses covering early humans through the recent past, archaeological method and theory, material analysis, and field archaeology.
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Cultural Anthropology

Explore cultural anthropology, including political anthropology, medical anthropology, gender and sexuality, globalization and culture change, conflict resolution, religion and social movements.

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International Connections

In addition to expertise across anthropology sub-disciplines, including permutations of socio-cultural anthropology, historical archaeology and bio-archaeology, the department has deep expertise in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, the United States, and Africa.

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Formal field training schools in historical archaeology are offered each summer throughout Central New York and the Caribbean. Students also have access to world-class research labs and facilities.
Reverand Paul Carter and Professor Doug Armstrong on the steps of the Harriet Tubman House

‘An Incredible Endeavor’

Professor Douglas Armstrong and his undergraduate students discovered the remains of a historically significant building at the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, N.Y.

Their find in the early 1990s led to an enduring relationship and a longstanding archaeology field study course in which students unearthed over 70,000 artifacts that have shed new light on Tubman's later years.

Anthropology Bookshelf

Anthropology faculty members publish award-winning books on a wide range of topics. Scroll a sample of recently published works below.

The Palgrave Handbook of New Directions in Kashmir Studies

Mona Bhan, Haley Duschinski and Cabeiri deBergh Robinson

Palgrave Macmillan, 2023

Conflict, India


A New African Elite: Place in the Making of a Bridge Generation

Deborah Pellow

Berghahn Books, 2022

Africa (Sub-Saharan), Education


Africa and Urban Anthropology: Theoretical and Methodological Contributions from Contemporary Fieldwork

Deborah Pellow and Suzanne Scheld, editors

Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2023

Africa (Sub-Saharan), Urban Issues


Routledge Handbook of Critical Kashmir Studies

Mona Bhan, Haley Duschinski, Deepti Misri

Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2022

Religion, South Asia


The SAGE Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine

Edited by Susan C. Scrimshaw, Sandra D. Lane, Robert A. Rubinstein, Julian Fisher

Sage Publications, 2022

Aging, Gender and Sex, Health Policy, Natural Disasters, Race & Ethnicity


Porous Borders, Invisible Boundaries? Ethnographic Perspectives on the Vicissitudes of Contemporary Migration

Jayne Howell, Deborah A. Altamirano, Faedah M. Totah, Fethi Keles

American Anthropological Association, 2018

Europe, Migration, United States


Maintaining Refuge: Anthropological Perspectives in Uncertain Times

David Haines, Jayne Howell, Fethi Keles

American Anthropological Association, 2017

Refugees, United States


Cultural Anthropology Studies of Conflict

Fethi Keles, Christos Kyrou, Robert Rubinstein

Elsevier, 2022

The Archaeology of Harriet Tubman's Life in Freedom

Douglas V. Armstrong

Syracuse University Press, 2022

Civil Rights, Human Rights, Race & Ethnicity

Anthropology Department
209 Maxwell Hall