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Language and Culture
Examines the complex relationship between culture and language, with case materials drawn from societies in North America, Oceania, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Food and the Self
Anthropological approaches to eating, consumption, identity, the body and food, and an examination of current controversies such as obesity, genetically modified foods and food taboos.

Introduction to World Music
Introduces music from various world areas including Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe through live performance, lecture, video and audio.

Gender and Society
An examination of the role gender plays in human life, with a focus on concepts of gender and sex, gendered behavior and expectations, "third genders," homosexuality, transgendered individuals and sex-reassignment surgery, and cross-cultural similarities and differences.

Ruminations on Violence
Addresses the extent to which "violence" is culturally relative or a human universal; different types of violence; and the ways social groups turn violence into an aesthetic object and an artistic project.

Medical Anthropology
Examines beliefs about illness, healing and the body and how these are shaped by culture and society; topics include non-Western healing practices, political forces shaping medical practice in the U.S., and birthing practices in different cultures.

Culture, Aging, and Social Policy
A cross-cultural examination of universal patterns and particular aspects of aging.

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


See where Union takes you:
  • 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
Study Abroad
Explore, Experience, Engage
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  • Australia
    Visit the Great Barrier Reef and Lamington National Park
  • Fiji
    Some of the best scuba diving and kayaking in the world
  • Palau
    This Pacific nation consists of a group of 343 islands.
  • Senegal
    A crossroad between the Middle East and Europe
  • Tanzania
    Home base is at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro
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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.

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.

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

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 Palau, Australia 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.