Anthropology, B.A.

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Program Overview

If you are excited by the idea of rummaging for million-year-old fossils; talking to people about food, television, or health care; or finding out when people built the first cities of Europe or migrated to the Caribbean, you’ll be right at home in the Department of Anthropology. Using a four-field approach—sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology—this degree combines the sciences with the humanities to understand the biological, social, and cultural factors contributing to human behavior, past and present.

Anthropology, B.A.

Where You'll Go

There are many career paths in anthropology, including teaching, museum curating, zoos, social services, nature conservation, government, forensic pathology, and international development, to name a few. In the major, you develop skills and abilities that make you very marketable in a wide variety of jobs. For example, cultural competence, which is the ability to understand and communicate about and across cultural differences, is a key skill anthropology majors learn, which is particularly necessary in today’s global world.

Major Details

Major Requirements (36–39 Credits)

I. Three of the following introductory courses (9 credits):

Anthropology 1100 Culture and Society, 1200 Human Origins, 1300 People and Language, 1400 Digging the Past.

II. At least one of the following field or laboratory courses (3–4 credits):

Field courses: Anthropology 3015 Anthropology Abroad, 3016 Fieldwork in Anthropology, 3470 Summer Archaeological Field School, 3475 Archaeological Field School: Site Supervision, 3480 Intersession Archaeological Field School, 4110 Summer Ethnographic Field School, 4635 Seminar in Museum Techniques.

Laboratory courses: Anthropology 3156 India Global Health: Ethnography, 3180 Visual Anthropology, 3190 Anthropology of Media, 3240 Osteology, 3301 Language and Culture, 3440 Zooarchaeology, 3460 Historical Archaeology.

III. One of the following methods courses (4 credits; fulfills the writing intensive requirement):

Anthropology 3120W Ethnography, 3245W Research Methods in Anthropology.

IV. All of the following courses (7 credits):

Anthropology 4601 Anthropological Theory, 4000 Senior Seminar in Anthropology, 4001 Selected Topics in Anthropology, Co-requisite with Anthropology 4000.

V. Fifteen elective credits (15 credits): in courses numbered 3000 and above (3 credits may be in a course numbered 2000 and above).

Elective courses for the four subfields of anthropology:

The department chair, with the approval of the department curriculum committee, may allow substitutions for one or more of these requirements consistent with the educational goals of the program.

Majors should consult a department adviser each year in planning their programs.

After completing the introductory course sequence, students should take a field or laboratory course. Majors should take 4601 Anthropological Theory and either 3120W Ethnography or 3245W Research Methods in Anthropology in the fall of their senior year; and 4000 Senior Seminar and its co-requisite 4001 in the spring of their senior year.

Honors in Anthropology

GPA of 3.50 or higher in anthropology. Honors in two courses (with a grade of B or higher): one an upper-level (3000 or above) elective course and the other Senior Seminar (ANTH 4000).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the understanding of the relationship between and importance of the four subfields of anthropology for the field as a whole.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of human diversity and unity of humans.
  • Demonstrate the appreciation of individual and social diversity
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in writing and communication through papers and class discussions.
  • Independently investigate anthropological phenomena using various subfield specific research methods.
  • Learn to identify and formulate an argument, comprehend anthropological literature, and design and carry out research in order to facilitate interpretation of data.

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Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the anthropology B.A. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Grand Street Settlement
  • Jumpstart
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • New York City Department of Education
  • New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • New York State Department of Civil Service
  • Safe Horizon
  • State Forest Service
  • State University of New York
  • The Tenement Museum

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