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Above banner image: Bonampak Murals, Mexico, illustration by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Heather Hurst ’97 and Leonard Ashby, gift of Bonampak Documentation Project.

BA in Anthropology

33 credits in Anthropology

Students are encouraged to declare anthropology as a major before registering for fall semester of classes of their junior year. Majors must successfully complete a minimum of 11 courses and 33 credits in anthropology.

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About Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of the human condition, past and present. By exploring the complexities of culture and social action, bio-cultural processes, and the archaeological past, our students investigate and appreciate the diversity of the human life from critical and historical perspectives. Majors will be introduced to fieldwork and theoretical frameworks and scientific paradigms, while developing skills in critical thinking and reading, data collection, and communication. They will also be encouraged to develop interdisciplinary connections and explore them through courses, research, internships, and study abroad. This will provide a solid foundation for graduate study and careers in fields such as cultural heritage and preservation, education, environmental sustainability, international development, medicine, and social services.

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • Ethnographic Research Methods
  • Anthropology of the Body
  • Ecological Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Food
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • Sub-Saharan Africa from a Cultural Perspective

Full course list here

Beyond the Classroom

Recent student research projects: Food in Culture/La comida es la cultura (Cochabamba, Bolivia); Say Hi to Beyonce for Me: Interpreting American Music in South Africa; NGO Relations in India: Ethnographic Perspectives of Inter-Organization Collaboration; Movement without Self: The Power of Beginner's Mind; Archaeology at the Grotto Stables of the former Woodlawn Estate, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and Authentic Mobilization: Exploring Bàu Trúc Pottery in Vietnam

Recent capstone projects: Chinese Imitation Art: Questions of Globalization, Value, and Authenticity in Yunnan Province; Me, Myself, and the Orcs: Digisociality and Identity in the Virtual Realm of the U.S.; The French ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’: American Typification of Parisian Women as an Ideal Gender Identity; Play out the Play: Performance and Culture at Home Made Theater in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Recent internships: International Partnership in Service Learning, Cuzco, Peru; Ecumenical Community of Taizé, France; Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship Program, Mumbai, India; field school, Taos Collaborative Archaeology Program, New Mexico; Tate House Museum, Portland, Maine; Lost Footage Films, NYC; Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and Citizens Environmental Coalition, Albany, N.Y.

Popular study abroad programs: SIT Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change and SIT Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Right. Other approved SIT programs in South Africa, Uganda, China, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Ecuador, and Peru.

Success After Skidmore

Careers: A sampler of what our alumni do

  • Senior associate, strategy and program development, AmeriCares, Stamford, Conn.
  • Director of programming/nonprofit film center, Avalon Theatre, Washington, D.C.
  • Bilingual recruitment specialist, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Erie County, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • President, Boston Organics, Charlestown, Mass.
  • Program officer, Business Council for International Understanding, Washington, D.C.
  • Nurse practitioner, Children's Hospital, Boston, Mass.
  • Senior urban planner, City of Seattle Wash.
  • HIV/AIDS Researcher, Clinton Foundation, NYC
  • Senior managing editor, Conservation International, Arlington, Va.
  • Archaeologist, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez, Colo.
  • Lead teacher, EDCO Collaborative/Brookline High School, Brookline, Mass.
  • Wildlife biologist, Environmental Careers Organization, Ridgecrest, Calif.
  • Founder/writer/consultant, Focus on Funding Connecticut, Madison, Conn.
  • Literacy specialist, Frenchtown Elementary School, Trumbull, Conn.
  • Research assistant, Global Institute of Public Health, New York University, NYC
  • Owner/acupuncturist, Green Oasis Acupuncture, Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom
  • Registrar/collections manager, Hyde Museum, Glens Falls, N.Y.
  • Reporter, LatinFinance, NYC
  • Entertainment attorney, Vinca Jarrett & Associates, Boston, Mass.
  • Community outreach officer, Leadership Enterprise for Diverse America, NYC
  • Epidemiologist, Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, Mich.
  • Guidance counselor, Minneapolis High School, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Bagel baker/farmer, Mountain Seasons/Beet Box Farm, Jeffersonville, Vt.
  • President, Net Data Direct, Ashburn, Va.
  • Child and family therapist, New Milford Youth Agency, New Milford, Conn.
  • Family practice physician/medical director, New York Walk-In Medical Group, NYC
  • Archaeological technician, Northern Land Use Research Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Director of higher education and organizational partnerships, Northwest Earth Institute, Portland, Ore.
  • Senior global studies associate, Roche Pharmacuticals, Nutley, N.J.
  • Owner/artist, Samuel Williamson Fine Art, Ogden, Utah
  • County historian, Saratoga County, Ballston Spa, N.Y.
  • Landscape architect, Smithsonian National Zoo, Washington, D.C.
  • VP & counsel, State Street Bank, Boston, Mass.
  • Founder, Autism Initiative, Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Associate professor of history/women's studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Operations officer, World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Graduate Schools:A sampler of where our alumni go

  • Arizona State University
  • Penn State
  • Yale University


Meet the Anthropology faculty members.