Department: Anthropology


Anthropology is the study of humanity in all its cultural and biological diversity. In the United States, the discipline traditionally includes four fields: archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology, although research increasingly examines questions at the borders of the fields or which span more than one field. Anthropology provides essential foundations and perspectives for the study of the social and natural sciences and the humanities, as well as for applied professions such as education, public health, and social work. The Anthropology curriculum emphasizes original research, scholarly writing, informed critical thinking, and the understanding of and tolerance for diverse cultures and ways of life.

We consider hands-on training in qualitative and quantitative methods to be an integral part of graduate training. The faculty is actively involved in interdisciplinary teaching, interdepartmental collaborative efforts, and individual and team research projects, including many that involve new information technologies, cultural resource management, environmental impact assessment, ethnicity and gender, regional and area studies, and economic development, to name a few. The Department is also committed to involving graduate students in ongoing faculty-supported research, and in encouraging independent student-initiated research projects.

The Master’s program is tied to the evening course schedule with the majority of courses commencing after 5:00 PM, thereby offering a unique educational resource in an urban area where the majority of potential graduate students are self-supporting and hold full-time jobs.

What can I do with my degree in Anthropology?

The program prepares you for further study in a Ph.D. program, as well as for careers in government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, museums, and numerous other fields.

Administration and Faculty

Department Office:

722 North
(212) 772-5410

Chair and Graduate Adviser:

Leo Coleman

722 Hunter North

(212) 396-6780