Anthropology

Degree Options: Major, Minor
Locations: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill
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Hold up a mirror to humanity.

Anasazi settlement - LGAnthropology majors at Fordham explores humanity in all its amazing variation over a vast time scale. This includes studying some of our earliest ancestors, such as “Lucy,” all the way to contemporary race relations.

Sciences and the humanities team up in anthropology. This interdisciplinary approach is essential to understanding the origins of our species millions of years ago and the development of ancient cultures, but it is equally important for understanding our present living conditions with high levels of inequality and discrimination.

Therefore you will learn about the past of our species but you’ll also put a wide lens on contemporary problems around the globe: how we live and die, make art and start wars.

Anthropology at Fordham offers a global perspective and the opportunity to understand the nuances of human societies. That’s a distinct advantage in our complex world. 

Program Highlights

The anthropology major includes four sub-fields:

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Physical anthropology
  • Linguistic anthropology

Anthropology’s synthesizing nature makes it a good fit for a double major. 

Internship opportunities may include:

  • New York State Department of Corrections
  • Legal Aid Society
  • The Puerto Rican Family Institute
  • CBS
  • Merrill Lynch
  • IBM

Sample Courses

Health, Medicine, and Social Justice
Anthropology of the Forbidden
Human Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Ancient Cultures of the Bible
Anthropological Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity
Dead Men Talking: Forensic Investigations of the Human Skeleton
Cultures of New York City
Anthropology of Political Violence
Primate Ecology
Civilizations of the Ancient World

Life After Fordham

Some anthropology majors pursue advanced degrees:

  • Archaeologists conduct fieldwork at excavations around the world
  • Forensic anthropologists work in crime labs or consult on investigations  
  • Cultural anthropologists use their expertise to learn why people behave and think the way that they do.

Anthropology is also a powerful asset for a range of careers that demand political awareness, public interaction and global savvy.

Learn more about the Anthropology Degree