Anthropology Major & Minor

Hartwick College Archaeological Field School student working at dig site

Hartwick anthropology is hands-on from Day 1

Anthropology studies the richness and variability of humankind. Hartwick Anthropology is looking for students who want to make a difference in the world. We’ll give you the tools to make an impact.

Hartwick Anthropology features three areas of study: 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 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. Hartwick anthropology graduates use their understanding to make a difference in today’s world.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Archivists
  • Curators
  • Museum workers

Putting anthropology to work

Hartwick Anthropology majors go on to rewarding careers. About half of Hartwick Anthropology 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

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 where students present their original research.

A closer look

Hartwick students can enroll in the Forensic Osteology First Year Seminar and get hands-on anthropology from Day 1. 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.

Meet the anthropology faculty

Hartwick’s expert anthropology faculty are dedicated to providing an education for students who will make a difference in the world. Hartwick students.

Connie Anderson
Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D. , University of California, Riverside
Areas of expertise:
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.
Jason Antrosio
Professor of Anthropology and Department Chair
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Areas of expertise:
Economic development, artisan and peasant economies, globalization, Latin America.
Namita Sugandhi
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Areas of expertise:
Non-state complex societies, South Asian archaeology, political archaeology and micropolitics, ceramic analysis, origins of the Brahmi script, heritage management, decolonized strategies of archaeological practice.
Michael Woost
Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Areas of expertise:
Sri Lanka, ethnic conflict, violence, problems of development and globalization, gem mining, socioeconomic issues of South Asia.

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