Anthropology

GW’s Anthropology program includes four concentrations. Biological anthropology explores human evolution, anatomy and primatology. Sociocultural anthropology examines the role culture plays in shaping human action. Linguistic anthropology considers the role of language in human thought. And archaeology examines both human origins and more recent issues of state formation and urbanization. In our teaching and research, we collaborate with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, as well as departments within the university.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

The program offers a Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology and minors in general anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology and cross-cultural communication. We also offer a B.A. in archaeology jointly with the classics, art history and history programs.

What can I expect to learn in the Anthropology program at GW?

Students who major in anthropology learn about human origins and anatomy, the broad range of approaches to gender, social class and race, material culture and linguistic variation.

What is the Anthropology community like at GW?

We are an engaged group of teachers and researchers committed to uniting qualitative and quantitative methods in answering the question of what it means to be human. Our integrative approach makes us the fifth most popular major on campus. Our students regularly win competitive awards for Fulbrights, as well as national essay prizes.

What can I do in the Anthropology field?

GW anthropology majors learn to synthesize diverse kinds of data about human beings in ways that are sought after in a variety of careers, including education, health care, international development, business, the performing arts and research.

Support for Research

Since 1991, the Lewis N. Cotlow Field Research Fund has supported more than 150 anthropological research projects by GW students in nearly 50 countries. The fund was created through a bequest from Lewis Cotlow, an explorer, author and filmmaker who attended GW.

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