Major and Minor

Anthropology is the study of human diversity, past and present, in its physical, linguistic, social and cultural dimensions. It draws upon the study of social and cultural theory with empirical study of the experience of everyday life, social organization, expression, and imaginative forms across the diversity of human cultures past and present, including those of the students themselves. We particularly focus on the challenges of our own moment in history: globalization and competition, changes in governance and law, scientific innovation, new diseases and medical interventions, and the dangers of turbulence and destitution.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program
The department has expertise in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States. Faculty members work on themes including the law, religion, kinship, economies, the social life of languages, health, youth, and violence in the modern world. They take part in numerous interdepartmental and interschool programs and centers: museum studies; women, gender, and sexuality; the Humanities Center; Latin American studies; Africana studies; and history of science and technology. Collaborative activities include courses, seminar series, and conferences. Students can use extra courses in these and other related fields to develop a concentration within the major. All students have the opportunity to carry out original research in courses, and we encourage them to undertake more ambitious research for an eventual senior thesis.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • AS.070.132 Introduction to Anthropology OR Introductory course in anthropology at 100-or 200-level
  • Begin study of foreign language at appropriate level
  • Consider an elective N, Q or E course to begin distribution requirements
  • Two elective courses
  • Total 12-17 credits

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Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Anthropology:

  • Communicating across cultures and languages
  • Reaching new conclusions through comparative study
  • Designing, planning, and coordinating intensive long-term projects
  • Understanding group dynamics
  • Summarizing and presenting results through written and spoken media

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