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Martial arts performance in honor of the royal regalia in Tanaberu, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. (August 28, 1989, Thomas Gibson)

Study anthropology from a sociocultural perspective

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Combine social theory and fieldwork methodology

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Gain practical research skills in the field

Majors & Minors

Pursue a degree or take courses in anthropology. We also offer minors in anthropology and medical anthropology.

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Study Abroad

Anthropology is the study of cultural diversity, and many of our students spend a semester or more abroad.

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Take advantage of research opportunities such as the Malawi Immersion Seminar, independent studies, honors theses, and more.

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Kathryn Mariner, Wilmot Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Visual and Cultural Studies. (Miguel Cardona photo)

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Mariner among Rochester’s latest CAREER award recipients

Kathryn Mariner, the Wilmot Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Visual and Cultural Studies, will study how alternative networks of care are formed within local marginalized communities during times of social isolation and precarity. As communities adapt to the uncertainties of global pandemics and societal unrest, it’s important to consider new cultural forms that develop in the wake of social rupture. The project provides funding to train both graduate and undergraduate students in methods of empirical research and scientific data collection and analysis, while broadening the participation of groups historically underrepresented in science. Mariner will collaborate with universities and local communities to build a scientific infrastructure that can effectively examine these issues. She will also make it a priority to increase public literacy about science and the scientific method by making the project’s findings accessible within a range of public settings.


Department of Anthropology clusters fulfill the social sciences division of the curriculum.

Morgan Lectures

The annual Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture Series is one of the oldest and most prestigious lecture series in anthropology in North America.

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The Undergraduate Anthropology Council (UAC) sponsors film series, arranges meetings with lecturers, offers workshops, and publishes the bi-annual newsletter.

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