Program Director: Dr. Deborah Tooker
Anthropology takes a holistic approach to the study of humankind by examining its cultural, social, linguistic, biological-evolutionary, environmental and historical dimensions. It is an interdisciplinary field that draws on the methods and theories of both the social sciences and the humanities. Its core concept is ‘culture’ and its hallmark methodology is long-term participant observational fieldwork.
The study of anthropology not only develops within students an understanding and appreciation of societies and cultures different than their own, but also provides a critical understanding of how Western societies have viewed and interacted with other societies. Because of its focus on cross-cultural and international issues and analysis, the study of anthropology is particularly useful for students considering careers in fields such as college teaching and research, international business and law, foreign service and diplomacy, private and governmental development and foreign aid programs, missions, and human rights.
Anthropology also provides valuable training for students considering careers in human service fields such as social work, counseling, health care delivery and education. Some famous anthropologists are Margaret Mead, Paul Farmer (Partners in Health), Zora Neale Hurston, Jane Goodall, Claude Levi-Strauss, Stanley Ann Dunham (mother of President Barack Obama), Kurt Vonnegut, Jim Yong Kim (President of the World Bank), Mary and Louis Leakey, Michael Savage, Ashraf Ghani (President of Afghanistan), and Joan Lunden.
Anthropology Courses and Requirements
If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities in Anthropology, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.
Meet the Faculty
To learn more about the faculty in the Department of Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology, please click here.
Learning Goals for the Anthropology Minor
The goal of the curriculum for the anthropology program, which results a minor in Anthropology, is to provide a broad four-field context in the introductory course (socio-cultural, biological, archeological, and linguistic) out of which students pursue an in-depth study of socio-cultural anthropology. Courses beyond the introductory course are designed to give the student in-depth exposure to the concepts, methods and theories of socio-cultural anthropology, to the ethnography of a particular world area, and to one additional sub-field.
Our program seeks to provide a broad understanding of human nature, and of questions concerning the similarities and differences among humans throughout the world, using both social scientific and humanistic/interpretive methods. Students develop an understanding and appreciation of societies and cultures different from their own, and a critical understanding of how Western societies have viewed and interacted with other societies. Students develop both analytic skills and communication skills in the course of this inquiry.
Get Involved On and Off Campus
An opportunity for students to organize both academic and social events for those interested in Anthropology.
The Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. (1885-1955) Award in Anthropology
Presented to the senior who has a Minor or Concentration in Anthropology and who has demonstrated academic excellence and shows promise in the field of Anthropology.
American Anthropological Association
Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association is the world's largest organization of individuals interested in anthropology. Learn more at www.aaanet.org.
Careers in Anthropology
For information about career opportunities, visit these links: