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Anthropology is a social science for explaining and understanding differences, similarities, changes, and continuities in human culture, society, language, and physical characteristics. There are four main branches of study in anthropology consisting of archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and physical anthropology.


Student Profile: Mariah Reinke '21

Mariah Reinke '21

Majors: Anthropology and Environmental Studies

"Learning about culture, society and the development of humans furthers our intelligence and understanding of each other. The anthropology program allows students to explore and combine multiple interests. During my first year, I began to study the relationship between humans, culture and the natural environment. At HWS, I study a diverse range of academic material which I use in my everyday life."

Meet Our Faculty

The anthropology faculty have scholarly interests as diverse as the subject itself. From human rights of indigenous peoples to culinary diversity and food production systems, from identity formation to the influence of Buddhist practice, at HWS you will gain exciting new knowledge from experts in the discipline. Scroll below to meet our team of innovators, scholars and above all, dedicated teachers. Meet the entire department >

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Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Denali Minnick '19

Current Position: Teach for America

Current Location: Boise, Idaho

Majors: Environmental Studies and Anthropology

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Sample Courses

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Archaeology of Japan and China
This course surveys the archaeology of East Asia from the Paleolithic through the era of classical civilizations. Special attention is given to the growth and development of cities in this region, but other aspects of the record are not neglected. Students study the “underground army” of the first emperor of China, the monumental mounded tombs of early Japan, the extraordinary pottery of the Jomon culture, and more. Students discuss the overall trajectories of China and Japan in a social evolutionary perspective.