Through courses in cultural, medical, and environmental anthropology as well as archaeology, the anthropology curriculum offers a holistic and cross-cultural perspective on the study of the human experience.

Our courses cover such world areas as Africa, the Caribbean, East Asia, Europe, North America, South America and South Asia.

The anthropology curriculum explores such diverse topics as:

  • alternative agriculture
  • urban ethnoarchaeology
  • health and well-being in indigenous communities
  • household archaeology
  • colonialism
  • ethnomusicology
  • visual anthropology
  • museum studies

We also draw on the expertise of anthropologically trained faculty in other departments - Art History, Gender and Women’s Studies, Museum Studies, Music, and Religious Studies - to offer a wider array of courses than typical of a small liberal arts college.

Many of our courses give students exposure to a variety of anthropological methods, including person-centered interviewing, photography, archaeological survey, excavation and video ethnography.

Some courses are built around active research programs and involve students working alongside faculty in research design and data collection in the City of New London, the College’s 700-acre Arboretum, and in the Archaeology Labs. Current and former students have presented at national conferences and published with faculty on co-designed research projects.

Please consult the college catalog to view all anthropology course offerings.