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Anthropology

Overview

For students who are adventurous and have an innate curiosity about human behavior, social organization, and cultural diversity, 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 Archaeology (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 archaeologists 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 archaeologists 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 City Year, Healthplus Management, Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, and the New York Women's Foundation.

Students in our School of Government, Public Policy & International Affairs have gone on to graduate programs at:

  • American University
  • Bank Street College of Education
  • Baypath University
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • CUNY Brooklyn College
  • CUNY City College
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • CUNY Queens College
  • East Carolina University
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Fordham University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Hofstra University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • New York University
  • Northeastern Law School
  • Northeastern University
  • Pace University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rutgers University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Seton Hall University
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • SUNY Stony Brook University
  • SUNY University at Albany
  • Syracuse University
  • Touro College
  • University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus)
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Luxembourg
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of Miami
  • University of Montana
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Virginia
  • Washington and Lee University
  • West Chester University
  • Western New England Law School
  • William & Mary Law School
80% are employed, grad school or both
100% accept a position within six months
$43K median salary*
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*Represents median salary for the first year following graduation

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

Recent students have done internships at places including the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project, Brooklyn Museum, Center for Public Archaeology (CfPA), Children’s Creativity Museum, Health Leads, Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, Hofstra University, Ireland Field School, Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Nassau University Medical Center, Rock Hall Museum, and Variety Child Learning Center.

Approximately 64% 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 2.5.

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.


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