Anthropology is the holistic, cross-cultural study of humanity that explores the multiple ways that humans create meaning in the world. Studying anthropology provides students with an understanding of the varied nature of past and present cultures, as well as a deeper awareness and appreciation of the world in which they live.

Anthropology at Northeastern University specializes in cultural anthropology and social anthropology—the relationship of culture to the institutions, interpersonal relations, and practices that make up their social structure. Our program specifically focuses on how culture interacts with structures of inequality such as race, class, gender and ethnicity, as well as with contemporary global issues such as poverty, illness, environmental degradation, and economic development. Our courses complement a wide range of interdisciplinary programs at Northeastern including, Environmental Studies, International Affairs, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

A major in anthropology prepares students for occupations in government, business, and community organizations, in fields as wide ranging as international affairs, medicine, environmental protection, social services, education, historic preservation, law, and business. In addition, the major serves as excellent preparation for advanced academic and professional study in the social sciences.

Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Dr. Christopher Chambers, 617.373.5696

Cooperative Education Advisor:
Lisa Worsh, ( 617.373.4773, 15 Lake Hall

Professor Jeffrey Juris (
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Mary Ramsey (, 617.373.2686