Professor Adam Smith teaching a class
Training students in the arts of global citizenship and coexistence


The Department of Anthropology at Cornell University is one of the leading institutions for the study of humanity and our surroundings from the remote past to the impending future.  We offer courses of study at the undergraduate level that help train students in the arts of global citizenship and coexistence.  And we train graduate students to conduct advanced research that is at once grounded in fieldwork and steeped in traditions of social and cultural theory.

Study humanity from the remote past to the impending future

Students working on an archaeological excavation project at St. James A.M.E. Zion Church

Undergraduate Program

Anthropology is the major of global understanding.  It prepares students to understand their world by developing their ability to critically analyze social and cultural institutions, to attend to the impact of different historical experiences and to engage constructively with communities both far away and close to home. Anthropology prepares students for a wide range of professional careers, including law, medicine, foreign service, development, nonprofit work, social services and business, among others.

Discover more about the Anthropology undergraduate major and minor.

Anthropology graduate students doing fieldwork

Graduate Program

The Graduate Field of Anthropology encompasses the faculty of the Department of Anthropology along with anthropologists in other departments on campus.  Graduate training is tailored to the interests and specific needs of each student in collaboration with their committee.  The goal is to provide students with an immersion in the discipline‚Äôs intellectual traditions, an orientation to contemporary debates and the theoretical tools to bring new empirical observations to bear on the pressing problems in today's world.

Discover more about the Anthropology graduate program.

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