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Anthropology

Overview

For students who are adventurous and have an innate curiosity about the world and its diverse civilizations and cultures, Hofstra offers a BA in anthropology. We also offer a concentration in Archaeology and a minor in the emerging field of Food Studies.

In small, engaging classes, students learn about people and cultures around the world. They come to understand how humans have evolved from early primates to our current complex societies by examining the development of language, medicine, food and religion.

Our esteemed faculty have done field work in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America, and students have opportunities to conduct research outside the classroom - in places such as Ireland, Poland, Guatemala and throughout the United States. On campus, our Center for Public Archeology (CfPA), founded in 2008, works closely with local organizations on excavation projects. Our archaeology laboratory contains a wealth of materials and tools for studying, analyzing and cataloguing artifacts that students discover during field work.

Anthropologists and archeologists are explorers who can be found working in a remarkably diverse range of professional settings, including corporations, government, educational institutions, museums and non-profit organizations. A corporate anthropologist might work in market research, using their understanding and research about human behavior and culture to improve how products and services are delivered. A medical or environmental anthropologist could end up employed by an international development and relief agency, while a forensic anthropologist could work in law enforcement or in disaster areas such as Ground Zero in New York or Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

The demand for archeologists and anthropologists nationwide is expected to grow four percent by 2026, with much of that growth concentrated in western states, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The national median salary for the field is $64,280-a-year.

Curriculum

A degree in Anthropology includes classes in four fields of anthropology: physical anthropology (also known as biological anthropology), archaeology, linguistic anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Students can take courses such as Medical Anthropology, Sex, Gender and Sexuality Cross-Culturally, Archaeology, Forensic Anthropology and Food & Culture.

The Archaeology concentration, focuses on studying the past so students can learn how different civilizations have lived and have designed innovations to improve their lives. This concentration includes courses in archaeological techniques, methods and theories, artifact identification, laboratory analysis and site interpretation.

Hofstra's minor in Food Studies, introduced in the Fall of 2018, is one of few such programs available in the New York metropolitan area. Students study not only food, but food systems and cultures, sustainability, health, food history and obesity and other food crisis, among other related subjects. A Food Studies minor complements majors in Anthropology, Biology, Business, Communications, Community Health, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Journalism, and Sustainability, among other areas of study.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BA in Anthropology Requirements

Recent Alumni Outcomes

A Hofstra degree in Anthropology provides students with a broad education that can lead to successful careers in numerous areas - non-profits, corporations, government agencies, museums, human and social services agencies and others.

A Hofstra survey showed that recent Anthropology graduates are employed at companies such as New York Women's Foundation, The Institute for Study Abroad and the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project. They have gone on to graduate programs at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia.

Students are also pursuing advanced degrees at schools like Boston University, Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, NYU, California State University, the CUNY System, Emerson College, Pace University, George Mason University, Stony Brook University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Rutgers University.

99% are employed, grad school or both
89% accept a position within six months
$46K median salary
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What You'll Learn

Students in Class

A major or minor in anthropology will enhance your critical thinking skills and broaden your perspective of the world and its cultural diversity. Courses prepare you for working in an increasingly globalized world. You will learn about different civilizations, cultures and societies. While immersed in this subject matter, you will develop:

  • research skills
  • stronger writing and verbal communication techniques
  • techniques and methods for conducting field testing
  • the ability to identify artifacts
  • the foundations of data analysis

Experience

Archaeology

While internships are not required, they are highly encouraged. Anthropology students who wish to participate in internships need approval from the department head and are expected to produce a research paper based on the experience.

Recent students have done internships at places including the Brooklyn Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project, and the Hudson River Museum.

Approximately 62% of Hofstra Anthropology majors make an internship part of their academic experience. Most complete more than one during their time at the university. The average is 2.2. Students have opportunities to attend a wide assortment of events and activities, including a Native American sweat lodge on Long Island, the annual Margaret Mead Film Festival held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and the annual conference of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC.

Hofstra's Center for Public Archeology (CfPA) offers opportunities for students to do fieldwork and collaborate with local organizations on archeological projects. For instance, students and Hofstra faculty excavated the grounds of the Joseph Lloyd Manor, a Long Island site that had an 18th century slave quarter on the premises.

Meet Anthropology Chair SHARRYN KASMIR

 
 

Sharryn Kasmir, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, talks about Hofstra’s new minor in Food Studies, an emerging field of study that can complement a number of different majors, including Anthropology.