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Welcome to the Department of Anthropology. Founded in 1966, our department fosters the study of our human species in all of its diversity through space and time: from our prehumen ancestors to contemporary global culture. No other field offers such a comprehensive approach to what it means to be human. We have faculty conducting cutting-edge research in all four sub-fields of anthropology: biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Although anthropology numbers among the social sciences, students can gain an even broader training that spans the liberal arts, from natural science to religion and folklore. Anthropology's holistic orientation prepares students for a wide range of academic and career pursuits.

For undergraduates, we offer degrees in Anthropology, Linguistics and Cognitive Science, and Human Biology, and minors in Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, and Linguistics. For graduate students, we offer MA and PhD programs in Anthropology.

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News & Announcements

  • 2018 Distinguished Professor

    Congratulations to Anthropology Professor Dr. Lawrence M. Schell who has been promoted to Distinguished Professor!

  • Career Development Prestigious Award Recipient: Dr. Julia Jennings

    Dr. Julia Jennings, has been awarded a prestigious Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award by the National Institute on Aging (NIH). Her project, Kin Networks and Old-Age Survival During the Demographic Transition, examines the role of kinship ties in the wellbeing of older adults. The project investigates the effects of kin networks and economic resources on adult mortality in historical and contemporary aging populations using data from Orkney, Scotland, the Schottish Longitudinal Study, and the Healthy Aging in Scotland (HAGIS) Study.  

  • 2018 Chancellor Award Winner

    Dr. Louise M. Burkhart, Professor & Department Chair of Anthropology, has won one of this year's Chancellor's Awards for Excellence, a system-level honor that recognizes consistently superior professional achievement. This award, underscores SUNY's commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good.