If you are excited by the idea of rummaging for million-year-old fossils; talking to people about food, television, and health care; or finding out when people built the first cities of Europe or migrated to the Caribbean, you will find a home in the Department of Anthropology.


Using a four-field approach—sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology—the department combines the sciences with the humanities to understand the biological, social, and cultural factors contributing to the commonalities and differences of human behavior, past and present.

Anthropology is the study of people, how we evolved physically and differ cross-culturally, and how we live and interact with one another. Anthropology combines the social and natural sciences in unique ways to study humanity in the broadest sense. Anthropologists study:

  • different cultures by living with the people, experiencing their lives as they themselves do, seeking to develop an empathetic knowledge of a given way of life;
  • how people once lived by studying the things they left behind, as recently as a century ago or from prehistoric times;
  • how language use relates to who we are, where we come from, and who we aspire to be; and
  • how primates living and extinct inform us about the long history and evolution of the human body and mind, and primates’ place in nature.

Undergraduate majors in our department have ongoing opportunities to pursue hands-on research in the lab and in the field alongside full-time faculty members, here and abroad. Graduates are equipped to go on to many different endeavors, especially those benefitting from an appreciation of diversity and the human experience, the ability to do independent research and work in groups, and capability of bridging the gap between social and biological dimensions that define our lives.

Our courses present the richness in human variation and cultural diversity, and offer the anthropological perspective as a way of thinking, a way of problem solving, and as a model for future learning.


Recent news

Professor of Anthropology Stephen Chester Part of $3 Million National Science Foundation Grant
Anthropology, BC News, School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences | September 1, 2023

Funding for Brooklyn College, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and seven additional collaborating institutions will help unravel mysteries of how life rebounded after the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Call Them by Their Name
Anthropology, Best of BC, LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Political Science, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Undergraduate, Women's and Gender Studies | March 23, 2023

In a new internship last fall, anthropology major Lily Bello helped trans community members overcome the legal red tape of changing their names.

Author and Activist Barbara Smith to Lecture at Brooklyn College on March 16
Academics, Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, BC News, Caribbean Studies, Classics, Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders, Diversity, English, Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities, Faculty, Film, History, Honors Academy, Judaic Studies, LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Political Science, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Women's and Gender Studies, Women's Center | March 13, 2023

One of her first public appearances since 2020 will serve as an extraordinary complement to Brooklyn College’s Women’s History Month celebration.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Patricia Antoniello
3307 James Hall
P: 718.951.5507
F: 718.951.3169

Department Administrator

Leticia Medina
3307 James Hall
P: 718.951.5507

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