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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.

Anthropology Bookshelf

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

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

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


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

Migration, Europe, United States


Maintaining Refuge: Anthropological Perspectives in Uncertain Times

David Haines, Jayne Howell, Fethi Keles

American Anthropological Association, 2017

Refugees, Cultural Anthropology, United States


Cultural Anthropology Studies of Conflict

Fethi Keles, Christos Kyrou, Robert Rubinstein

Elsevier, 2022

Cultural Anthropology

The Archaeology of Harriet Tubman's Life in Freedom

Douglas V. Armstrong

Syracuse University Press, 2021

Archaeology, Racial Inequality, Human Rights

Anthropology: A Global Perspective, 9th Edition

Anthropology: A Global Perspective, 9th Edition

Christopher DeCorse

Sage Publications, 2020

Resisting Occupation in Kashmir

Resisting Occupation in Kashmir

Mona Bhan

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018


Climate without Nature: A Critical Anthropology of the Anthropocene

Climate without Nature: A Critical Anthropology of the Anthropocene

Mona Bhan

Cambridge University Press, 2018

Applied Anthropology, Climate and Climate Change

British Forts and Their Communities: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives

British Forts and Their Communities: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives

Christopher DeCorse

University Press of Florida, 2018

Archaeology, Colonialism

Anthropology Department
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