Anthropology at Skidmore
Anthropology is the study of the human condition, past and present. Our anthropology program concentrates on three sub-areas within anthropology: cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology. Cultural anthropology studies the ways of life of different groups and communities in the present; archeology studies the human past through its physical remains; and biological anthropology focuses on the adaptations, variability and evolution of humans and their living and fossil relatives. By exploring the complexities of culture, social action and biology, our students investigate and appreciate human diversity. Our courses introduce students to fieldwork and the importance of theoretical concepts in anthropological research, while, at the same time, developing their skills in critical thinking. In the support of a liberal arts education, we encourage students to develop interdisciplinary interests by bridging anthropology with the natural and social sciences, humanities, and arts, and exploring those interests through coursework, individual research projects, internships, and study abroad. Through studying the breadth and scope of the human experience, students become responsible, informed global citizens.
Anthropology after Skidmore
A major in anthropology provides students with a solid foundation for graduate study
and careers in a range of fields, including cultural heritage, education, environmental
sustainability, film and media studies, historic preservation, international development,
medicine and public health, museum studies, public administration, and social services.
To learn more about careers in anthropology, visit the website of the American Anthropological Association, "What do Anthropologists do?"