Dr. Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi does research in Gujarat, India


Dr. Daniel Goldstein in Belgium


Recently graduated anthropology major continues her work and studies


Dr. Dorothy Hodgson and Maasai activist Ndini Kimesera Sikar at the U.N. in NYC


Student discusses honors poster on “Undocumented Mexican Women in New Brunswick”


Dr. David Hughes at Fukushima Workshop, Tokyo


Graduate student meets orangutan as a T.A. in Borneo with Rutgers Study Abroad "Primates, Ecology and Conservation in Indonesia"


Student discusses Honors work at historic site in Trappe, PA with Chair, Dr. Craig Feibel

Undergraduate Program in Anthropology


Anthropology is the study of the ways of life of people around the world, both those existing in the present and those known only from the archaeological and paleontological record. It focuses on understanding humans through a comparative perspective, one that teaches students to be acute observers and analysts of human behavior. Many social sciences focus on understanding human behavior, but only anthropology seeks to understand the whole panorama of human existence in both geographic space and over long periods of time.

Like other liberal arts disciplines, anthropology teaches students to think in a critical way, and it exposes them to a fundamental part of the Western intellectual tradition. But it also gives them a perspective on their own position in a world of cultural, physical, and political diversity. It offers a backdrop against which students can understand their own cultures, traditions, and behaviors and provides them with sensitivity to understanding human biological and cultural similarities and differences.


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Demand for anthropologists in the job market has been on the increase in recent years, stimulated by a growing need for analysts and researchers with sharp thinking skills who can manage, evaluate, and interpret the large volume of data on human behavior. What we know about the future marketplace indicates a need for the type of global, holistic knowledge that an anthropological perspective brings. Majoring in Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, or Evolutionary Anthropology prepares students for a wide variety of occupations and careers. For example, students with a strong anthropology background have found employment in non-governmental organizations; museums; cultural resource management firms; government agencies; health care organizations; local, national, and international businesses; and as translators, social workers, journalists, and teachers. In addition, an anthropology major is excellent preparation for students seeking advanced professional degrees in such areas as business or law or who plan to pursue graduate education in anthropology.

The Undergraduate Director, Professor Robert S. Scott, can provide interested students with information and guidance in planning a major or minor, and discuss how anthropology can contribute to various goals.

Find out about the degree requirements for anthropology majors or minors.

Find out how to earn honors in anthropology.

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NEW: Find out about the Rutgers chapter of Lambda Alpha , the national honor society for student anthropologists.

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