Anthropology Major & Minor

Forensics Anthropology

Anthropology studies the richness and variability of humankind.

At Hartwick, anthropology majors study three areas of anthropology: archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Archaeologists reconstruct past ways of life of by excavating and interpreting artifacts and other material remains. Biological anthropologists investigate the interaction of culture and biology. Cultural anthropologists explore the varying beliefs and practices of contemporary societies.

Where degrees in anthropology can take you.

Graduates of Hartwick’s Anthropology Department are employed in a wide variety of careers. Some put their learning to use as museum curators, field technicians, research consultants, teachers, archaeologists, or anthropologists. Others work in the diplomatic service, business, public health, the law, and forensics. 

A closer look.

Hartwick students can enroll in the Forensic Osteology First Year Seminar and get hands-on anthropology from Day 1. Hartwick Anthropology majors do archaeological fieldwork at Pine Lake, J Terms in South Africa and Bolivia, and internships around the world through the Emerson & Duffy International Scholarships.

Beyond the basic.

Hartwick anthropology majors undertake field studies around the world, and have developed research projects on topics like

  • soccer’s role in reconciliation in South Africa
  • the impact of development projects in Sri Lanka
  • the ancient horse-riding origins of Central Asian cultures
  • healthcare choices in Zambia

The Anthropology Club hosts social and professional events on and off campus, brings renowned experts to campus, and travels to professional conferences and gatherings where students present their original research.

Putting anthropology to work.

Hartwick Anthropology majors go on to rewarding careers. About half of Hartwick Anthropolgy majors attend graduate or law school.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Help2Kids Field Manager in Malawi
  • Forensic Medical Examiner
  • Susquehanna Valley Industrial Development Agency
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

Recent Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • Boston University
  • Bournemouth University
  • University of Toronto
  • George Washington University
  • Yonsei University


Meet the anthropology faculty.

Hartwick’s expert anthropology faculty are dedicated to providing an education for students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference in the world into which they graduate. Hartwick students.

Connie Anderson
Professor, Ph.D., University of California at Riverside
Areas of focus:
Biological anthropology, particularly selection and behavior; the intersection of culture and biology; war and conflict resolution; the role of sports in interracial interactions, identity, and reconciliation; South Africa.
David Anthony
Professor, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Areas of focus:
Prehistoric archaeology, origins and results of domestication and riding of horses, origins of the Indo-European languages, North American prehistoric archaeology.
Jason Antrosio
Associate Professor, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Areas of focus:
Economic development, artisan and peasant economies, globalization, Latin America
Michael Woost
Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Areas of focus:
Sri Lanka, ethnic conflict, violence, problems of development and globalization, gem mining, socioeconomic issues of South Asia.


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