Student taking part in St James AME Zion Church dig
Tracing the human career from the emergence of the species to the contemporary global moment

Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology faculty conduct ethnographic and archaeological as well as biological research that brings hard-won fieldwork to the development of cutting edge social and cultural theories. Our students and faculty work around the globe: from Ithaca, India and Indonesia to the Caribbean and Central America; from Japan, Africa and Nepal to China and the Caucasus; and from the circumpolar North to the Global South.

Anthropology news

More Anthropology news
Students working with artifacts on a desk with computers

Undergraduate Study

Anthropology provides the global perspective and critical thinking skills that will open doors to a wide range of career paths. The major will also prepare you for graduate study in anthropology.

Student Opportunities:

Anthro Events

Sep 29
Friday 10:00 AM

Keynote Address: Hanna Garth

Africana Studies and Research Center ​​​​​​​ AFC 120 Multipurpose Rm
Oct 03
Tuesday 05:00 PM
Oct 06
Friday 03:00 PM
Oct 13
Friday 03:00 PM
Oct 27
Friday 01:00 PM
Artifacts in the anthropology collections

Department Collections

The Anthropology Collections include approximately 20,000 items representing human activity around the world from the Lower Paleolithic to the present. Archaeological and ethnographic materials are about equally represented.

More about Anthropology Collections

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York State, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters. This land acknowledgment has been reviewed and approved by the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' leadership.