Undergraduate Programs

Our undergraduate programs give students powerful tools for making sense of society and culture, and an appreciation of both different cultures and of hierarchies and inequality in the 21st century world. This broad training in understanding culture and society is a perfect foundation for a wide array of careers, from medicine and the law to art and politics. As a discipline, anthropology combines the rigor of science with the creative unexpectedness of art; it endeavors to evoke the real spirit, the true picture of human life in all its complexity, context, and contradiction.

Our courses offers students critical understanding of key questions of war, poverty, and creativity; many also focus on particular regions of the world (for example, China, Latin America, Africa, and Europe), taught by faculty members who are leading world experts in these areas.

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Degree Options

  • Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology
  • Interdepartmental Major
  • Minor in Cultural Anthropology

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What is Cultural Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of the human as at once an individual, a product of society, and a maker of history and culture. It’s the nature of the human condition to live within structures of symbol, belief, and power of our own fashioning: religion, art, gender, war, ecosystems, race relations, embodiment, kinship, science, colonialism, language, nations and states, play, subsistence strategies, mass media, illness, pain, and pleasure. In a word, culture. And anthropologists study all this and more. 

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For Prospective Students

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For Current Students

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