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Department of Anthropology Commitment to Antiracism
We, the members of the Department of Anthropology at SUNY Geneseo stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We have turned to the leadership of the Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) for guidance and hereby commit to the actions they call for in their statement, below. 
We, the faculty of the SUNY Geneseo Department of Anthropology commit to the following calls from the ABA:
  • To start at “home,” to accept the ways that anthropology has been and continues to be implicated in the project of white supremacy.
  • To see the ways that white supremacy is manifest in … curricula, syllabi, ... student recruitment and mentoring, hiring, and promotion practices.
  • To teach about race, racism, the pathology of whiteness, and the normalization of white supremacy.

    Here is the link to the American Black Anthropologist Association's Statement Against Police Violence and Anti-Black Racism.

Department of Anthropology Description

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