Anthropology Major

Sample Courses

  • Classics of Ethnography
  • Ethnography of Film
  • Human Ecology
  • Intro to Archaeology
  • Intro to Biological Anthropology
  • Intro to Cultural Anthropology
  • Language and Culture

Popular Electives

  • Ancient Civilizations of the Old World
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Global Health Issues
  • Human Osteology
  • Language and Gender
  • Nutrition, Disease, and Health

Recent Internships

  • American Museum of Natural History, NYC
  • Anthropology of the Borderlands, Tucson, AZ
  • Bristol Historical Society, Bristol, NY
  • Burt Farmstead, Bristol, NY
  • Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office, Rochester, NY
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Alumni Spotlight

Peter Farruggia ‘15, MPH, MBA, JD
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Biology

Career: A recent graduate of the University at Buffalo Schools of Public Health, Management, and Law, Farruggia was selected as a fellow with the US Government's Presidential Management Fellowship. He serves as a health policy and legislative analyst at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the US Congress and other federal agencies on federal health policy implementation and evaluation.

Anthropology Major

Anthropology is the holistic study of humankind across space and time. The discipline is divided into four fields: cultural anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, and physical/biological anthropology, all of which are represented in the department offerings.

Geneseo’s program provides students with a comprehensive education in both the theoretical and practical aspects of anthropology. Courses, hands-on labs, and learning experiences inside and outside the classroom—such as study abroad and study away opportunities—are also available to places near (local archaeology) and far (Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Southwestern US borderlands).


Study abroad in Cuba (SUNY Geneseo/Keith Walters '11)

Program Options

Additional Options

Program Highlights

  • Flexible major, capable of being customized to emphasize any sub-discipline
  • Introductory courses in all four sub-disciplines
  • Exploratory learning electives that can be customized
  • Integrative/transformational learning with hands-on courses in each sub-discipline
  • Rigorous theory capstones
  • Study abroad/study away opportunities taught by anthropology faculty 

Example Careers

  • Bioarchaeologist
  • Consulting Archaeologist
  • Cultural Analyst
  • Ethnologist
  • Foreign Affairs Officer
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Genealogist
  • Linguist
  • Medical Anthropologist
  • Museum Curator
  • Primatologist

Recent Grad Schools & Employers

  • Mercyhurst University
  • Michigan State University
  • Penn State University
  • South Carolina University
  • SUNY Albany
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • The Ohio State University

Contact Info

Paul Pacheco, Department Chair
Bailey Hall 153A

Anthropology Department

Anthropology Faculty

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