Roanoke College

Anthropology

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About the Program

The anthropology concentration offers insight into the diversity of human behavior, belief, and form -- both as they are shaped by our past and as they influence social issues today.

Why study anthropology at Roanoke?

  • Ties across campus. The study of sociology, history, archeology, art history, religion, and linguistics all contribute to our understanding of anthropology. Students therefore have ample opportunity to design independent studies in anthropology around their specific interests.
  • Ties across the community. The program's strong relationships with regional museums, community development agencies and the Virginia Department of Natural Resources allow anthropology students to engage in meaningful internship experiences.
  • Ties across the globe. The study of anthropology naturally causes students to reach out into the world to understand other cultures. Travel courses, such as "Globalization and Health," which allowed students to research dietary habits on a small Pacific island nation, offer the chance to explore different cultures firsthand.

Firsthand learning opportunities

There are many opportunities for firsthand learning in the anthropology concentration:

What's next?

  • Keep learning. Roanoke's anthropology students have been accepted to post-graduate programs at such institutions as University of South Florida, SUNY Albany and North Carolina State University.
  • Start doing. The study of anthropology benefits students contemplating careers that value cross-cultural communication, including business, the arts, academia/education, public policy, and social services. Learn more.

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