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Department of Anthropology
Lamont 108
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 388-6715
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Researcher, Mexican Institute for Competitiveness

Teacher, Kearsage Regional School District

Deputy Director of Training and Development, Central Coast Children’s Fund

Social Media Strategist, Nu Val

Assistant Vice President and Recruiter, Bank of America

Web Content Coordinator, law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP

Artist, Waltham Mills Artists Association

Public Relations Associate, RF Binder

Anthropology students may participate in term abroad in Fiji. Anthropology students may participate in term abroad in Fiji.


Anthropology (from the Greek anthropos, for human, and loggia, for science) is the study of human behavior, from the dawn of time to present day.

Cam Duval '16

"I hope to apply what I have learned in my anthropology classes – even my course on folk tales – when I travel abroad to Siberia. Being immersed in a new culture, learning all I can about it and interacting in the native tongue are going to give me a better understanding of what it means to be an anthropologist."

Cam Duval '16

Today's anthropologists do not work only in exotic locations; they can be found in corporations, government, educational institutions and non-profit associations at home and abroad. Anthropologists were there at Ground Zero and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, gathering crucial data.

Anthropology attracts people who want to understand why things happen and are eager to tackle big human problems, such as poverty, hunger, overpopulation and warfare. It is a field of study that is more relevant than ever.

As an anthropology major at Union, you will combine fascinating course work along with valuable practical training. You will learn to observe, interview, record and describe complex social behavior as it happens. You may go on a term abroad in PalauAustralia or Tanzania, or pursue a mini-term in Senegal. On the Fiji  term, students do internships in schools to analyze the relationship between educational systems and society. In Tasmania, they have interned in national parks and with ecological groups.

Anthropology majors often take positions in business and government, lending their talents to such fields as advertising, market research, public relations, banking, merchandising, medicine, journalism and management consulting. They are also ideally suited to such governmental positions as foreign service officers, urban planners and counselors. As a discipline that focuses on cross-cultural understanding, you will find anthropologists working for agencies of the United Nations (such as UNESCO), the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the Peace Corps and the Agency for International Development.