​Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Benefit from a holistic curriculum centered on archaeology and cultural anthropology, taught through classroom work and research in archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic applications.

The program includes concentrations in physical evolution and prehistory, sociocultural studies, applied anthropology, and policy-related subjects.

The anthropology major brings a global perspective to the study of human diversity and explores the human experience through time and across space, preparing students for a variety of fulfilling careers.

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Sample Courses

Core coursework is comprised of archaeology, linguistics, and cultural anthropology. Sample courses include:

  • Globalization and its Discontents in Latin America
  • Women and Social Change
  • Topics in Sociolinguistics
  • Anthropology and Physical Design
  • Living in a Global Environment
  • Forensic Linguistics

Practical Experience

The coursework in the anthropology program is supplemented with a variety of experiential learning opportunities:

  • Conduct an excavation during the summer on the Caribbean island of St. John.
  • Join the on-campus Anthropology Club or the Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology.
  • Jumpstart your global career and go abroad your first semester as part of the University’s Discovery programs.
  • Contribute to faculty research in the areas of applied anthropology, archaeology, and physical anthropology.
  • Enrich your learning and networking experiences in the Renée Crowne University Honors program.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a longstanding tradition at Syracuse University. Ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries, with nearly half of all students going abroad during their four years. Anthropology students have gone abroad in a number of cities including Santiago, Florence, and Madrid.

Life After Syracuse University

With an anthropology degree you can pursue careers such as:

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Exhibit designer
  • Forensic scientist
  • Historian

Students have also gone on to pursue masters’ degrees in the areas of archeology, geography, anthropology, and history.