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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. The emerging field of medical anthropology, a cross-over between cultural and physical, is also well represented in the department as demonstrated by our new interdisciplinary major in Sociomedical Sciences, which is administered by the Department of Anthropology.

The SUNY Geneseo program in Anthropology provides a comprehensive education in both the theoretical and practical aspects of Anthropology. Courses, laboratory experiences, and learning experiences inside and outside the classroom setting serve the professional goals of students and faculty, training a new generation of anthropologists to have a positive impact on the world. Exciting study abroad and study away opportunities are also available within our department.

Anthropology students and faculty experiencing study abroad and study away.


The Geneseo Anthropology Department was founded in 1969, and the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology was approved by SUNY in January 1970. We strive to provide students with a broad, yet integrated, rigorous education in the discipline with an emphasis on understanding and appreciating human diversity.

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Department of Anthropology
Bailey 153
One College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
Phone: (585) 245-5277
Fax: (585) 245-5633