Majoring in Anthropology
Anthropology is the exploration of the human condition. In coursework, individual study and field schools, you examine an astonishing range of human experience across space and time. Our curriculum incorporates a wide variety of themes in cultural anthropology as well as archaeology, and you can pursue a geographic specialization in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, South America or North America. Your work will give you rich insights into our increasingly interconnected, globalized world. It will prepare you for a variety of careers, too. Our students go on to graduate school for anthropology and related disciplines, and they pursue work in higher education, business, law, human rights and many other fields.
Many anthropology majors pursue a second major or a minor in another field, drawing connections between such diverse fields as art, art history, biology, botany, economics, English, Hispanic studies, international relations and psychology. A number of students are accepted to the College’s interdisciplinary centers, where they focus on international studies, the environment or public policy.
Internships and service learning
Anthropology majors have recently completed semester-long academic programs in Australia, Brazil, China, Greece, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Israel, India, Italy, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Syria and Vietnam. Areas of research have included food security, organic farming, museum outreach and education, and heritage management. We encourage students to pursue research-intensive field programs; credits for some can be applied to the major.
What can you do with a majorcertificate in Anthropology?
Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:
Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I was impressed by the science facilities and the Arboretum. I was drawn to a liberal arts education because I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do – learn from nature, grow academically, build analytical skills – but there was so much I was still waiting to figure out.
Q: Why did you decide to study anthropology?
A: After taking an introductory anthropology class and another class called "Human Origins," I realized that anthropology was the missing link in my intellectual experience. Through the department I’ve built relationships with professors of many different backgrounds, uncovered connections and interests I never knew existed, and pursued my own independent study with a solid network of resources behind me.
Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I went to Queensland, Australia, with School for Field Studies (SFS) in the fall of my junior year. It was probably my most formative experience yet. The center was 2.5 km into a World Heritage Site rainforest, one of the last in Australia. I explored the issues facing nearby rural communities. The College made going abroad a complete no-brainer: no matter your major, financial situation or other obligations, a semester abroad is within reach.
- Environmental Anthropology
- Cultivating Change
- Worlds of Food
- Urban Ethnoarchaeology
- Experimental Archaeology
- Ruins in the Forest: Archaeology of the Arboretum
- Imagining Otherness in Visual Culture
- Authenticity in Art and Culture
The Impact of French Culture on the LGBT Movement in France
By: Lauren Potter '14
Advising Faculty: Jeffrey Cole
Situating Street Kids: An Ethnography of Nomadic Street Kids in Portland, Oregon
By: Elizabeth de Lise '13
Advising Faculty: Anthony P. Graesch
Making a Village: The Process of Community Design with an Agricultural and Sustainable Focus
By: Zoe Lieb '13
Advising Faculty: Jeffrey Cole