Izzy Comella '21 is majoring in Biology and Society and minoring in Anthropology. She shares her experiences as she prepares to graduate from Cornell.
What is your major?
My major is Biology and Society (BSOC), with a concentration on the relationships between humans and animals.
What inspired you to minor in anthropology? Do you have a specific area of interest?
I actually discovered that I had accidentally qualified for the Anthropology minor earlier this semester. My interest in archeology and zooarcheology inspired me to take a number of Anthropology classes both inside and outside my major requirements. I got the chance to learn from experts in their fields and to be inspired by cutting-edge research; being able to turn that experience into a minor was icing on the cake.
Do you have any favorite classes or have there been professors you influenced your studies?
My favorite Anthropology classes have to be ANTHR 3235 Bioarcheology, taught by Professor Matthew Velasco, and ANTHR 3230 Humans and Animals, taught by Professor Nerissa Russell. Professor Velasco’s emphasis on storytelling and the individuality of human remains reinforces a sense of awe and respect for those who lived (long, long) before us, and Professor Russell’s breadth and depth of knowledge of the field of zooarcheology make Humans and Animals one of the most engaging and well-taught classes I’ve taken at Cornell.
Do you have any advice for students considering a minor in anthropology?
If you’re considering a minor in Anthropology, whether your major is Anthropology-adjacent or practically unrelated, go for it! Anthropology covers such a diverse range of topics that the experience in Anthropology classes can be a fantastic opportunity for any student.