Anthropology is the study of the human species from its origins and evolution to the development and varied nature of its past and present cultures. Students in the Ithaca College anthropology program receive a thorough grounding in the subdisciplines of cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology before moving on to more specific and regional coursework on societies of the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific. As an anthropology student at Ithaca College, you will gain the knowledge and skills you need to prepare for a variety of careers.
Our faculty teach the three primary subdisciplines: cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology. Their areas of expertise span the cultures of southern Africa (Lesotho), East Asia (Korea), southern Asia (India), Peru, Mexico, Hawaii, and the Native Americans of the Northeast.
Small class sizes ensure that you’ll have plenty of opportunity to collaborate closely with your professors in the classroom, lab, and field. A mandatory methods class in the area of your choice will teach you the practical interviewing, field mapping, and community relations skills that are vital to real-world research. The program also requires a one-course minimum fieldwork component, but most of our students do more than that. Guided by a faculty member, you might join one of our ethnographic courses in Hawaii or India, work with Native Americans on a traditional farm, or take part in an archaeological field school on Cayuga sites in central New York.
Upper-level courses help students develop their skills as researchers and build their understanding of how anthropology illuminates contemporary global issues such as cultural preservation, archaeological site analysis and preservation, musical traditions, environmental degradation, sustainability, economic development, and the cross-cultural understanding of medicine and gender roles.
A capstone course during your senior year will provide the opportunity to consider the implications of your major coursework and fieldwork experiences. It will also highlight various career options and prepare you for your transition to the professional world or graduate study. Recent graduates have found work as educators, museum staff, integrative health center coordinators, and archaeological project directors. Some serve with the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America while others pursue graduate degrees in fields such as anthropology (including archaeology), law, public health, ecology, and gerontology.