Study people of the past and present in cultural, biological, and material contexts.
Anthropology, the study of human variation across time and space, cultivates a holistic and critical approach to understanding our world. Here, our undergraduate and graduate students get their hands dirty—whether by learning how to build a Native American birch bark canoe, excavating a historic site, or collaborating with community organizations for social justice across the Pioneer Valley and beyond.
Our flexible program allows you to design your own focus through our range of courses in archaeology; bio-archaeology; and socio-cultural, linguistic, and biological anthropology. We also offer special interdisciplinary tracks in Health and the Body; Native American and Indigenous Studies; and Inequality, Race, and Social Justice.
In addition to the many internships and research opportunities available through the department, anthropology majors are supported with courses designed to help them prepare for life after college. Along with the SBS Career Center, our resources will help guide you toward your post-graduation goals.