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Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts

Anthropology is the study of human behavior and multicultural diversity.

Anthropology is the study of human behavior and multicultural diversity. That exploration of what it means to be human ranges from the study of culture and social relations, to human biology and evolution, to languages, to music, art and architecture, and to vestiges of human habitation. It considers such fascinating questions as how peoples' behavior changes over time, why and how people from distant parts of the world and dissimilar cultures are different and the same, and how the human species has evolved over millions of years.

Anthropology includes four broad fields: cultural anthropology, linguistics, physical anthropology and archaeology. Each of the four fields teaches distinctive skills, such as applying theories, employing research methodologies, formulating and testing hypotheses, developing extensive sets of data, and celebrating diversity. Anthropologists often specialize in one or more geographic areas of the world from Australia to Zaire.

Dr. Anne Galvin
Coordinator B.A. Anthropology
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Social Sciences
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  • Queens Campus
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Anne M. Galvin, Ph.D.

Anthropology Program Coordinator



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To earn your B.A. in Anthropology, you complete 120 credits, including core, major, and elective requirements. The major requirements are outlined below.

For more information about the courses listed below, please see the St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of our Undergraduate Bulletin.

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
ANT1000Language and Culture3 credits
ANT1010Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3 credits
ANT1020Introduction to Physical Anthropology3 credits
ANT4990Seminar3 credits
SOC2610Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences3 credits
SOC4270Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methods3 credits


In addition to the required courses for the major, you will also complete 12 elective credits in Anthropology.

Career Outcomes

There are many career and educational options for Anthropology majors and minors. Anthropology provides a strong basis for subsequent graduate level education and training in international law, public health, social work, and multiple areas in and out of the social sciences. Additional anthropological study can also lead to a traditional career of teaching and research in numerous departments, or as an applied anthropologist in both the public and private sectors.

Anthropology offers many lucrative applications of anthropological knowledge in a variety of occupational settings, in both the public and private sectors. Non-governmental organizations, such as international health organizations employ anthropologists to help design and implement a wide variety of programs, worldwide and nationwide. State and local governmental organizations use anthropologists in planning, research and managerial capacities. Many corporations look explicitly for anthropologists, recognizing the utility of their perspective on a corporate team. Anthropologists also fill the range of career niches occupied by other social scientists in corporations, government, nonprofit corporations, and various trade and business settings. Anthropologists' unique training and perspective will enable them to compete successfully for these jobs into the twenty-first century.

Global Approach to Education

St. John's offers an international academic experience, with extensive study abroad opportunities during the academic year as well as winter and summer. You can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location. For more information, please visit Global Education.

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