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

Immerse yourself in a different way of thinking about the world, dig into past cultures, and dive into our rich maritime history.

Washington College offers unique opportunities for exploring anthropology, or the study of human nature and human society.  Courses focus on evolution and societal development, traditional ecological knowledge, environmental anthropology, experimental archaeology, and archaeological ethics.  Areas of focus include the Chesapeake Bay region, Mesoamerica, and the Southeastern United States. Courses in environmental and marine archaeology are offered. 

Experiential opportunities include an archaeological field school and courses focused on 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 study abroad.  Many students engage in summer internships at locations such as the Smithsonian or the Maryland Archives. 

What can I do with an anthropology degree?

Video Spotlight

  • Traveling on the Cuba Experience class over winter break, Rachel Brown ’16 used a Cater Society grant to develop a unique project with the help of three local Havana women.

  • Tribal Archaeologist Will Tsosie will sing the Navajo “Blessingway” Oct. 12 at an event that starts with a 5:30 p.m. reception in Gibson Center for the Arts.
  • Through her internship with NOAA, Anna Windle is researching and protecting the nests of loggerhead sea turtles and working every day in the natural beauty of a remarkable estuary.

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    Holly Jones
  • Brittani VanderWiele
    Brittani VanderWiele
  • Kelly Topita
    Kelly Topita
  • Elizabeth Clay
    Elizabeth Clay
  • Maggie Kobik
    Maggie Kobik
  • Kirstin Webb
    Kirstin Webb
  • Sarah Hartge
    Sarah Hartge
  • Emily Hall
    Emily Hall
  • Natasha E. DeGraw
  • Katie Muldowney
    Katie Muldowney
  • Stacey Massuda
    Stacey Massuda
  • Mike W. Kuethe
  • John Seidel
    John Seidel
  • Katie Manion
    Katie Manion
  • Lilly Muir
    Lilly Muir
  • Sophie Turshen
    Sophie Turshen
  • Teresa Fewlass
    Teresa Fewlass
  • Lisa Jones
    Lisa Jones
  • Ellen Liebenow
    Ellen Liebenow
  • Rebecca Akdeniz
    Rebecca Akdeniz
  • William Schindler III
    William Schindler III