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Maxwell / Department of Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

We have numerous strengths in cultural anthropology, including political anthropology, medical anthropology, gender and sexuality, globalization and culture change, conflict resolution, religion, and social movements. (see for the complete list). Our students conduct intensive and often multi-sited fieldwork in pursuing their doctoral degrees, while undergraduates have numerous opportunities through courses and internships to develop skills in anthropological methodologies.  We work closely with the Departments of History, Sociology. and Geography in the Maxwell School and with the Departments of Religion and Women and Gender Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as with programs in LGBT Studies, Native American Studies, the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), as well as the regional programs (Latin America, South Asia, Europe, and Africa) located in the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs. Students who seek applied jobs usually dually enroll in the public administration degree and certificate programs offered by the Maxwell School. For more on graduate studies, see the graduate admissions page.

Undergraduate Studies

For undergraduates interested in exploring cultural anthropology, we offer a variety of introductory courses, including Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Peoples and Cultures of the World, and Global Encounters: Comparing World View and Values Cross-Culturally. For those who seek to major in anthropology, a 300-level course in the history of anthropology theory is required, as is one coursefocused on a particular world region and one focused on anthropological methods. Many students seek to minor in anthropology or in medical anthropology, both minors require only 18 credit hours. Others tie their anthropological interests to other majors or minors in International Relations, History, Art and Music History, Native American Studies, or Forensics, as well as in the Newhouse School or Whitman. See Undergraduate Studies in Anthropology at Syracuse.