The Anthropology Department is entering its 85th year among some of the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate and graduate departments in the United States. Our small class sizes allow a variety of approaches to critical thinking and problem-based learning. Students are invited to explore and assist in faculty research projects, join in summer field work, and are encouraged to complete at least one internship. Anthropology is the most interdisciplinary field in the School of Arts and Sciences, combining social science, the hard sciences, and the humanities.
We train undergraduates in the four traditional subfields of Anthropology with a research focus on cultural anthropology, prehistoric and historic archaeology, and heritage studies. Undergraduates have the opportunity to take a summer field school that provides the necessary training for employment in cultural resource management. Paid internships are also available through the Smithsonian Institution and other options.
Over the years our faculty has conducted research in many areas of the world, including the Middle East, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. We have a long history of ethnographic and archaeological research with Native Americans both in North (Mid-Atlantic region and the North east) and South America (the Andes).