BS in Anthropology

Research our human past to better understand our present condition.

Apply your skills and knowledge to improve the lives of local communities and affect positive social change.

For students interested in public health, archaeology, or culture, Adelphi’s BS in Anthropology is the first step to a career path full of possibilities. Our graduates go on to study for their master’s and doctoral degrees at prestigious research institutions, pursue careers in government, law, and medicine, or apply the valuable skills they’ve learned to other professional fields. You’ll graduate prepared to tackle the most urgent challenges of the 21st century, from globalization, nationalization, and racism, to inequality and unequal access to resources. Some even become archaeologists and resource managers. The professional possibilities are limitless with a BS in Anthropology.

In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked anthropology as fifth in the “Best Science Jobs” category, while Google, Facebook, Intel and Microsoft routinely hire anthropologists to study market trends, human behavior and our interaction with technology.

Why Should I Major in Anthropology at Adelphi?

You’ll be part of a close-knit group of students and professors who share a passion for solving the most intriguing mysteries of humanity’s past, present, and future. Work side by side with professors in our state-of-the-art Archaeology Lab. Contribute research into the peoples and cultures of India or what led to the extinction of the mammoth in North America. Become engaged in public anthropology by studying and supporting a community near you or on the other side of the globe. Assist one of your professors in their research, or choose your own topic to explore. You’ll gain valuable experience and employable skills while researching fascinating cultures and places from around the world.

Double Major

This flexible, interdisciplinary degree accommodates students with varied interests and career pursuits. This degree is also designed to work well with a double major in science, accepting credits from biology, chemistry, environmental science and math and computer sciences courses.

What Will I Study as an Anthropology Major?

You will build a strong foundation in anthropology—the study of past and present cultures, biology and languages—by studying geology, environmental studies, biology, chemistry or mathematics. You’ll learn how to conduct research in both the Archaeology Laboratory and out in the field, gaining an understanding of scientific methods as well as quantitative and qualitative analysis.

When you graduate, you’ll be equipped with the skills to effectively apply science-based approaches to any professional challenge you encounter. You’ll have a comprehensive awareness of ancient and modern civilizations and cultures—qualities that will enhance your résumé in the global marketplace.

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Who are the Faculty?

Anthropology department faculty are recognized worldwide for their exceptional contributions to their fields. They have published groundbreaking research, won awards and earned fellowships based on their wide-ranging research interests, which include ethnography, religious discourse, visual anthropology, archaeology, cultural preservation and revitalization, among many others.

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How Can I Enroll in the BS in Anthropology Program?

Your academic adviser can help you design a course of study tailored to your individual career interests.

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Department of Anthropology
Alumnae Hall Room 218
p – 516.877.4110

Office of University Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
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