Uncover the Human Experience
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).
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.
Explore cultural anthropology, including political anthropology, medical anthropology, gender and sexuality, globalization and culture change, conflict resolution, religion and social movements.
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.
‘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.
Mona Bhan, Haley Duschinski and Cabeiri deBergh Robinson
Palgrave Macmillan, 2023
Sandra D. Lane, Robert A. Rubinstein, Occeana Fair, Katie Farkouh, Melaica Delgado, Tanya S. McGee, Kinley Gaudette, Paul Ciavarri, Maureen Thompson, Md Koushik Ahmed
Annals of Anthropological Practice, 2023
Black, Children, Adolescents, Disability, Education, Housing, New York State, U.S. Health Policy
Berghahn Books, 2022
Africa (Sub-Saharan), Education
Deborah Pellow and Suzanne Scheld, editors
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2023
Africa (Sub-Saharan), Urban Issues
Mona Bhan, Haley Duschinski, Deepti Misri
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2022
Religion, South Asia
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
Jayne Howell, Deborah A. Altamirano, Faedah M. Totah, Fethi Keles
American Anthropological Association, 2018
Europe, Migration, United States
David Haines, Jayne Howell, Fethi Keles
American Anthropological Association, 2017
Refugees, United States
Anthropology in Action
Sep 20, 2023
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