an·​thro·​pol·​o·​gy anthropos (human) + logos (knowledge, science, word) — the study of humans and their cultures.

Unlike psychologists, we study people as members of groups, in which group identity, economy and locality are critical facets of personhood. Unlike philosophers, we study people in the flesh, not just their ideas. Unlike sociologists, we study people all over the world and at varying degrees of subgroups. Unlike economists, we study people making a living and the conditions in which they do so while also making a life. Unlike political scientists, we study relations of power with reference to the particularities of the culture within which people are embedded.

Career Opportunities

Real-World Applications:
  • Forensic anthropology.
  • International relations and diplomacy.
  • Translation and cross-cultural communication in diverse settings such as hospitals and corporate offices.
  • Work in the non-profit and governmental sectors in the U.S. and abroad. 
  • User experience research for large corporations.
Potential Employers:
  • International organizations.
  • Nonprofits.
  • Police departments.
  • Schools.
  • Medical environments.
  • Consulting firms. 
  • User-experience research firms. 
  • Corporations. 
  • Marketing firms.


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Emily Baker
"I decided to get a minor in anthropology at Clarkson because I wanted to pursue a career as a cultural anthropologist. The anthropology classes taught me how to think critically about culture, power and what it means to be human."

Emily Baker '16 Social Documentation Double Major, Anthropology Minor


Humanities Class

Explore anthropology through courses such as

  • Introduction to Anthropology 
  • Food and Society
  • Global Perspectives on Sexuality
  • Men and Masculinities
  • Culture and the Environment
  • Ethnography — Studying People Firsthand or "People Watching"