Anthropology is a contemporary social science that bridges both the natural sciences and humanities to examine human diversity in the past and present and the profoundly different ways in which social groups interpret and inhabit an increasingly complex world.

Our program is characterized by an emphasis on fieldwork and is encouraged in student work abroad. We cover anthropology's subfields of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology, each characterized by unique approaches, yet all oriented toward understanding and informing contemporary debates about the diversity of human experience in a wide range of societies. 

Anthropology at Dickinson teaches students the process of doing anthropological research through fieldwork and laboratory research. Ethnographic fieldwork—observing and interacting intimately with people in a social setting over an extended period of time—is one of anthropology's distinctive contributions to the human sciences. In coursework and our department's ethnographic field schools, students familiarize themselves with fieldwork by conducting local and international projects that they may later develop into senior thesis papers.

Students leave the anthropology program fully prepared for graduate school, for public and nonprofit sector work and for any form of business or professional work that requires critical-thinking skills and understanding of cultural differences.

The Society of Medical Anthropology is currently presenting a series of webinars about COVID-19. The first, "Fear, Stigma and Steps Forward," and second, "Responses From Around the Globe,"​​​​​​ are now available. The aim is to prompt a discussion based on shared observations from where they live about the course of the disease, public health and medical interventions and community responses.

Anti-racism Statement

The Department of Anthropology & Archaeology at Dickinson College issues this statement in support of protests demanding anti-racist reforms to end police violence.

Read the full statement here

Contact Info


Maria BrunoAssociate Professor of Archaeology

Department Coordinator

Denise McCauleySr. Academic Department Coordinator






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Where Our Students Go From Here


  • El Cacaotal
  • CleanEdison Inc.
  • James Perse Enterprises Inc.
  • Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
  • OTJ Architects
  • RRR Associations, LLC
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • University of Maryland Extension
  • City Year, Inc.

Graduate Schools

  • Bryn Mawr College
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Penn State University
  • University of Michigan
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • Emory University
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • Drexel University
  • Fordham University
  • University of Maryland
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Chicago
  • American University
  • College of William & Mary
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Atlanta History Center
  • Dickinson College Archives - LGBT Center of Central PA Project
  • Eastmont Wellness
  • Multicultural Community Service
  • National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • New American Pathways
  • Northeastern University
  • Sexual Health Innovations
  • Dickinson College / Human Resource Services
  • Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization
  • LGBT Center of Central PA Project
  • National Forest Service
  • Performing Arts Abroad
  • United Way of Pennsylvania

“Anthropology at Dickinson teaches students how to be engaged readers, interviewers, and writers with a cross-cultural lens. Being an anthropology major has allowed me to build skills in qualitative and quantitative research pratices and complete my own research projects that draw on my interdisciplinary interests and make connections across departments at Dickinson.”

- Courtney Gistaro ’19

Anthropology News

Anthropology Major Translates her Dickinson Experience into Higher Education Career

Anthropology Major Translates her Dickinson Experience into Higher Education Career

Becci Menghini ’96, former anthropology major, aids in growing the next generation of global citizens as a vice chancellor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Crossing the Finish Line

Crossing the Finish Line

Three former Red Devil runners chase their dreams in the Olympic Marathon Trials.

Education Abroad: A Year in Toulouse, France

Education Abroad: A Year in Toulouse, France

Anthropology and French & Francophone studies double-major Bevin McDevitt '20 discusses the cultural immersion and intensive language study of the Dickinson in France study-abroad program.

Dickinson College Faculty Selects Anthropology Professor for Distinguished Teaching Award

Dickinson College Faculty Selects Anthropology Professor for Distinguished Teaching Award

Ann Hill, professor of anthropology, received the 2018-19 Distinguished Teaching Award during pre-Commencement ceremonies.

A Fierce Spirit

A Fierce Spirit

Naji Thompson ’19 is focused on making her mark, on the track, on campus and beyond.

Dickinson College Hosts Talk on Lessons from Indigenous Agriculture

Dickinson College Hosts Talk on Lessons from Indigenous Agriculture

Jane Mt. Pleasant, agricultural scientist at Cornell University, will discuss the high productivity of an indigenous agricultural system in comparison to European systems.