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Immerse yourself in a different way of thinking about the world. Explore other cultures, learn how to solve the pressing problems of development and globalization, and dig into prehistory. Washington College offers unique opportunities for exploring anthropology, or the study of human nature and human society. Courses focus on contemporary cultures, traditional ecological knowledge, human environments, and archaeology and ethics.

The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences. 

- Ruth Benedict

Our program allows students to directly engage with contemporary anthropological topics and applied research. Core courses added over the past three years include Visual Anthropology, Media and Power, Cultural Ecology, Climate and Society, Applied Anthropology, and Prisons, Punishment and Control. Our department focuses on modern issues of inequality, social and environmental justice, cultural heritage ownership, and activism. Georaphic areas of focus include the Chesapeake Bay Region, Caribbean, Central and South America, Southeastern United States, and Southwestern United States.

We also emphasize learning by doing and offer many options for experiential learning. Our new prison course engages students in hands-on educational experiences with marginalized prisoners in Delaware. Students can also participate in our faculty-led trips to study the cultures and environments of the Southwestern United States, the intersection of music and culture in Cuba, and international development in Tanzania. 

Additionally, anthropology students and faculty participate in the interdisciplinary Chesapeake Semester, and there are many opportunities for studying abroad. Our department’s archaeology field school collaborates with Lost Towns Project, Inc., in Edgewater, Maryland, to offer internships and opportunities for future employment in the region. Further hands-on internships are available at Washington College with the Geographic Information Systems Lab and the Eastern Shore Food Lab.

What can I do with an anthropology degree?



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Ireland's "Thin Spaces"
Southwestern Seminar 
 Tanzania Travel
Navajo “Blessingway”: Archaeologist Will Tsosie