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Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Anthropology includes two tracks: 

Distinguished faculty in these areas enable the program to attract outstanding graduate students who excel in national research grant competitions. Students find a supportive environment, accessible faculty, and superb research resources.

Most students enter directly into the Ph.D. program and earn a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree along the way after completing the necessary courses and paper work. Some students enter the Ph.D. program with a Masters degree in hand and may apply to transfer up to 24 credits from graduate anthropology courses taken elsewhere in the last six years. Students may also apply to the Master's program, either making an M.A. their ultimate or "terminal" goal, or reapplying to the Ph.D. program after completion of the M.A.

The Graduate Program in Anthropology has recently revived its terminal MA degree. Like the Ph.D. program, a student is accepted in the MA program on the basis of an outstanding undergraduate record; strong GRE scores; strong letters of recommendation; and because her/his interests match well with the expertise of one or more members of the Graduate Faculty in Anthropology. For more information on the MA program application procedures and requirements, please visit MA in Anthropology.

The graduate admissions personnel in the Department of Anthropology are:

Dr. Erin Vogel, Graduate Director
Room 209B, Biological Science Building, Douglass Campus
(848) 932-9277
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Bibi Safiena Salaman, Graduate Program Assistant
Room 307, Ruth Adams Building, Douglass Campus
(848) 932-9210
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Undergraduate Program


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.



Department of Anthropology Majors:

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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.

Read more about becoming an anthropology major.

Find out about the advising process for declaring an anthropology major or minor.

Read a description of all the anthropology courses in the undergraduate catalog .

Find out how to earn honors in anthropology.

University Academic Integrity Policy

University Policy on Plagiarism

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

News and Events

The Anthropology Departement celebrated the first annual Honors Symposium, April 9, 2010.  Honors students displayed posters featuring their research and discussed their findings with visitors.  Their work was judged by the Undergraduate Program Committee.  Winners to be announced.

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Faculty Personal Pages

Dr. Lionel Tiger

Lionel Tiger is the Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University. His title reflects his pioneering role in introducing biosocial data into the social sciences. Since the mid-1960's he has been deeply involved in bridging the gap between the natural and social sciences. He has asserted that the words used appear to imply that human social behavior is somehow not natural. But of course it is. Exploring how and why is Tiger's central adventure. As a teacher, writer of books and articles which have been widely published and translated and as co-Research Director of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, he has been an influential figure in broadening our knowledge about why we do what we do.

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