The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences. - Ruth Benedict
Anthropology, the study of human nature and human society, is relevant to all of us. By examining past and contemporary societies, we can see how vital culture is to the survival of our species.
Student anthropologists study race, ethnicity, and diversity, symbolism and myths, sex and gender, inequality, and the evolution of art, language, and civilizations.
Washington College offers unique opportunities for exploring anthropology, with courses focusing on evolution and societal development in the Chesapeake Bay region. Students have access to our Public Archaeology Laboratory, located in the historic Custom House in downtown Chestertown. Courses in environmental and marine archaeology are offered, as is a five-week summer field school which this summer explored the Sassafras River and searched for Tockwogh, the elusive Indian village which Captain John Smith discovered in 1608. Anthropology students and faculty participate in the interdisciplinary Chesapeake Semester, and there are many opportunities for study abroad.
The Anthropology Program is part of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.
Annual festival brings writers and activists to Chestertown to champion locally made foods, March 21-24.
Professor Kenneth Schweitzer has written an authoritative new book on Batá drums, the sacred percussion that powers possessions in the Santería religion.
Prof. Bill Schindler in The Chronicle of Higher Education
Prof. Bill Schindler talks to NPR
Dr. Bill Schindler demonstrates how to prepare kimchi as part of a traditional meal in his “Food, People, & the Planet” class.