Explore what it means to be human

Get ready to look at the world through new eyes.

As an anthropology major, you'll learn to understand the remarkably different ways we express our humanity.

You'll examine how culture affects the way we experience the world — how we make choices, how we're alike and different, and why we act and interact the way we do.

In an increasingly interconnected world, being able to examine, analyze and think critically about culture is highly valued by employers in the business sector, education and beyond.

You won't just learn about culture in a classroom though. We take you there.

Study in a new culture for a few weeks or months — including popular programs to Iceland and Morocco — through our award-winning Global Opportunities program, where you'll be able to collect data and write your own ethnographic text.

Secure an internship in a museum, on an archaeological dig, or in a medical field school. Join us on a department field trip to D.C. or to interact with one of our many expert speakers.

Be in demand in any field

Because culture is everywhere, your degree in anthropology will prepare you to work in many occupations — education, museums, market research, community development, consumer goods, public policy, high tech and international affairs. Our interdisciplinary minors, like museum studies and diversity studies, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

Recent anthropology graduates are pursuing advanced degrees at Columbia, Georgetown, Northwestern, NYU, Stanford, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Delaware and the University of Oregon.

Recent graduates have enrolled in programs at:

Columbia University
Georgetown University
New School
Northwestern University
NYU (New York University)
Stanford University
The Johns Hopkins University
University of Delaware
University of Oregon
The Pennsylvania State Dickinson School of Law
Stanford University
University of Colorado
The University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University

Recent graduates have been employed at:

American Anthropological Association
The University of Pennsylvania
Johns Hopkins University
New Jersey Department of Corrections
SEDA-COG Forum for the Future
Smith College
Department of Planning and Development, City of Eugene, Oregon
Homeless Planning Council of Delaware
The Museum of Natural History
National Archives
Peace Corps
Smithsonian Institution
US Department of State

Requirements for a Major in Anthropology. An anthropology major must successfully complete 44 semester hours of coursework primarily in anthropology. Courses in related disciplines (e.g., sociology and history) may be credited toward the major as noted below. Students must receive grades of C- or better in classes applied to the major and achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in the major. Required courses include ANTH-162 Introduction to Anthropology, ANTH-235/SOCI-235 Qualitative Research Methods, ANTH-400 History of Anthropological Theory and, as a capstone experience ANTH-500/SOCI-500 Seminar or, with the permission of the department chair, by taking ANTH-501/SOCI-501 Independent Research. Of the remaining 28 semester hours, students must take at least five anthropology courses designated as theory courses, one course designated as an area studies course and one elective course. At least 12 of the theory course semester hours must be taken at the 300 level or above. Topics courses or Honors courses taught by anthropology faculty may be credited toward the theory requirement pending departmental approval. GO programs reviewed by the department may satisfy the area studies requirement for the major. Depending on the project, ANTH-501 Independent Research may be credited toward either the theory or area studies requirement.

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Required Courses

4 ANTH-162 Introduction to Anthropology
4 ANTH-235 Qualitative Research Methods
4 ANTH-400 History of Anthropological Theory
4 ANTH-500 Seminar

Theory Courses

4 ANTH-152 Public Culture
4 ANTH-220 Magic, Witchcraft and Religion
4 ANTH-222 Life During Wartime
4 ANTH-237 Museums and Anthropology
4 ANTH-310 National, Transnational and Diasporic Communities
4 ANTH-311 Regulating Bodies: Food, Sex, Drugs and the Economy
4 ANTH-312 History and Culture of Jewish Cuisines
4 ANTH-322 Visual Anthropology: Imagining the Other
4 ANTH-341 Family and Kinship
4 ANTH-360 Religious Fundamentalisms in the Modern World
4 ANTH-413 Race, Ethnicity and Minorities

Area Studies Courses

Latin America and the Caribbean

4 SOCI-210 Caribbean Culture and Society
4 SPAN-305 Spanish for the Service Professions
4 SPAN-447 Seminar in Hispanic-American Studies
4 HIST-180 Latin America, 1492-1825
4 HIST-181 Latin America 1825-Present


4 HIST-151 Traditional East Asia
4 HIST-152 Modern East Asia
4 HIST-258 Modern China


4 HIST-171 African Civilization
4 HIST-172 Early Modern Africa

North America

4 ANTH-227 Native America North of Mexico
4 HIST-111 United States History Before 1877
4 HIST-112 United States History Since 1877
4 HIST-115 African American United States History
4 HIST-215 The Civil War in the American Experience
4 HIST-218 Work and Play in the U.S.A.
4 HIST-313 Social History of the United States
4 HIST-314 The Long Civil Rights Movement
4 HIST-316 Making a Multicultural United States
4 HIST-323 History of American Medicine
4 HIST-370 American Women
4 FILM-230 American Film and Culture
4 ENGL-345 Themes in Modern American Literature


4 HIST-132 Europe, 1648-Present
4 HIST-226 Soviet and Russian Politics
4 HIST-321 European Union
4 FRNC-310 French/Francophone Literary and Cultural or Film Studies
4 FRNC-320 French/Francophone Film Studies
4 FRNC-460 Seminar on French and Francophone Literature and Culture or Film
4 GERM-460 Seminar in German Studies
4 SPAN-350 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
4 SPAN-445 Seminar in Peninsular Spanish Studies
4 ENGL-325 Themes in Modern British Literature

Diasporas and Transnations

4 JWST-113 Introduction to Judaism
4 JWST-115 Jewish Philosophy and Ethics
4 JWST-255 Jewish Literature
4 JWST-312 History and Culture of Jewish Cuisines
4 JWST-338 The Holocaust

Requirements for a Minor in Anthropology. Students must complete 24 semester hours in anthropology and receive grades of C- or better. All minors must achieve at minimum a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in courses credited toward the minor. Required courses include ANTH-162 Introduction to Anthropology, ANTH-235/SOCI-235 Qualitative Research Methods and ANTH-400 History of Anthropological Theory. Students must also complete eight semester hours of anthropology theory courses and four semester hours of an area studies course.

John J. Bodinger de Uriarte

Department: Sociology/Anthropology
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Email Address bodinger@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4759

Dave Ramsaran, Ph.D.

Department: Provost
Provost & Dean of the Faculty


Shari Jacobson, Ph.D.

Department: Sociology/Anthropology
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Email Address jacobson@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4754

Mark Noble

Department: Sociology/Anthropology
Assistant Professor of Sociology


Crystal VanHorn

Department: Provost
Academic Assistant

Email Address vanhorn@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4196

Museum Studies
Museum Studies

As a museum studies minor at Susquehanna University, you’ll get practical experience in a museum and gallery settings while exploring topics in art history, history and anthropology.

Student & Alumni Profiles
Student & Alumni Profiles

Hear straight from students just like you. Or read stories from successful alumni who’ll tell you just how far a degree in sociology or anthropology can take you.

Our Diversity Studies Minor
Diversity Studies

Our diversity studies minor at Susquehanna University is where you’ll learn to look at the world from different perspectives and value the richness of human experience.

Get Globally Relevant and Marketable Skills

Employers say they want well-written, creative and analytical thinkers. Add in the ability to look at issues critically and the tools to do research, and it's easy to see why sociology and anthropology majors are in high demand.

You'll explore different cultures and your own opinions in an inclusive environment. And the career options open to you will be amazing. You'll be prepared to enter market research, education, museums, international relations, community development, information technology, business or anything else you can imagine.

What you to do here transfers to any and every career.

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