Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present, and their relations with their natural and cultural environments. It provides a sophisticated understanding of the diversity of human life in an interconnected world. At Wesleyan, we offer courses on anthropological theories and methods, as well as on a range of topics, including urban anthropology, globalization, media studies, archaeology, social movements and activism, development and humanitarianism, and race, gender and sexuality. Social justice and ethical concerns have always been central to the discipline of anthropology. 

Anthropology provides excellent preparation for a variety of careers that require critical intercultural literacy, in such fields as education, journalism, law, media, medicine, development and social justice organizing, as well as for graduate and professional studies.

What You'll Study

  • As an anthropology major, you'll be required to earn nine anthropology credits, including two core courses in anthropological theory. In addition, you'll construct a four-course concentration to reflect your particular focus of interest.

  • Standing concentrations include social and cultural theory, crafting ethnography, producing and consuming culture, colonial and postcolonial worlds, capitalist modernities, social and political geographies, material culture and temporal processes, axes of difference, embodiment and biopolitics, and performance, representation and identity.
  • All majors must take a required course in anthropological methods, Crafting Ethnography, except archaeology-track majors, who should take an archaeological methods course. A capstone project is also required.