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Welcome to the Department of Anthropology

The Anthropology Department at CUA offers undergraduate majors and minors, and an M.A. program. We have small classes and individualize programs for students, both as part of a liberal arts education and as preparation for further degrees, professional and research careers.

Attention majors! Become "Anthropology Ambassadors" in our expanding peer-mentoring program.  Help current students in courses you have taken with your been-there-done-that experience.  Gain practical experience that puts your training to work.  If interested, contact the Department Chair.

New interdisciplinary Minor in Global Migration Studies offered jointly by Anthropology and Sociology, starts Fall 2014.


Concentrate in archaeology or socio-cultural anthropology, coordinate an Anthropology major with interdisciplinary programs in Latin American & Latino Studies and Islamic World Studies as well as Pre-law and Pre-medicine, or tailor a program to individual interests such as culture and technology, refugee and migrant issues, environmental change, ancient civilizations or contemporary globalization at home and abroad. Anthropology provides a perspective on the world that is preparation for many professions.

Grad Studies

Our MA program is for students seeking to upgrade skills and credentials, to supplement training in health, library science, education, social work, international development and other professional fields, or to explore their capacity for advanced research training in social-cultural anthropology or in archaeology. All students receive training in current theoretical perspectives, research methods and conduct, regional studies and in one of the topical specialties of current faculty.


Anthropology grads have gone on to graduate schools in the US and abroad, into media and advertising, IT market research, health care, Teach For America, the Peace Corps and Jesuit Volunteer Corps, community organizing (like Barack Obama, whose mother was an anthropologist), government, taught English in Japan, geography in Brazil, and Anthropology throughout the US and in other countries. Here, you can check out...

Current Students

Summer field schools, study-abroad programs, local internships, research opportunities and announcements from Anthropology and other graduate programs are regularly posted on the bulletin board in the Department commons room.  Check them out, and these links to...



"Merged Identities: Native Americans and African Americans in the Chesapeake"

The Eighth Annual Regina Flannery Herzfold Lecture on The Cultural Heritage of Native Americans:




In the Spotlight:


NEW Faculty in Fall 2015!

  • Dr. Josh Sameuls joins the Department's developing focus on cultural heritage studies.  In Fall 2015, he will teach Anthropology of Food (214) and Introduction to Archaeology (108)


These courses are open to students in all majors.