Chairperson: Professor Diana Fox
Professors: Curtiss Hoffman, Ellen Ingmanson
Associate Professor: Louise Badiane
Assistant Professor: Simone Poliandri
Location: Hart Hall
- BA in Anthropology
Concentrations: Cultural Anthropology, General Anthropology
- BS in Anthropology
Concentration: Public Archaeology
Click on Academic Programs for program information and requirements.
The department provides a strong liberal arts curriculum aimed at developing well-rounded, informed citizens with strong critical thinking abilities, intensive cross-cultural insights, and global cultural knowledge. Department courses and programs also impart cross-cultural knowledge and skills to students, preparing them for a wide range of professions. The department encourages students to continue on to graduate study in anthropology or other fields.
All department faculty members engage in research and the department encourages student-faculty collaborative research. Students may also pursue study tours, honors projects and internships. The public archaeology and general anthropology concentration require that students participate in fieldwork or laboratory work, and the department offers a summer archaeological field school.
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
Anthropology, the scientific study of humankind, allows students to build cross-cultural understandings through an intensive study of other cultures. Anthropology is traditionally divided into several subfields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical (or biological) anthropology, applied anthropology and linguistics. A major in anthropology provides students with an understanding of societies and cultures throughout the world. Students majoring in anthropology are prepared to understand and work with individuals from other cultural settings; in health care, social services and public welfare agencies; or as teachers, museum curators, environmentalists, or in private industry. Students may select a BA in cultural anthropology or general anthropology, or a BS in public archaeology. Students may also combine a major in anthropology with an education major.
Students interested in seeking Massachusetts teacher licensure should refer to the appropriate department links for options and requirements for second majors: Elementary and Early Childhood Education , Secondary Education and Professional Programs , or Special Education . Students should also consult Educator Preparation and Licensure Policies and Procedures for professional education admission and retention information as well as important institutional deadlines.
The honors program in anthropology provides highly motivated anthropology majors with opportunities to enhance their academic program through intensive scholarly study and research designed to be of assistance in postgraduate employment or in the pursuit of an advanced degree in anthropology. Contact the Department of Anthropology for further information concerning eligibility and application.