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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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In Remembrance

Jane Guyer (’72 PhD)

The Department of Anthropology extends its sympathy to the family of Jane Guyer, a leading anthropologist with strong ties to the University of Rochester, who died January 17, 2024 at the age of 80.

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Close-up of the Brazilian flag with the focus on the word PROGRESSO against a rough surface.

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The Brazilian miracle that wasn’t

In his new book, anthropologist Daniel Reichman finds a competing narrative of progress that reveals a tension at the heart of contemporary Brazil.

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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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