Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

What does it mean to be human?

That question, if it can be answered at all, requires a wide-ranging study of the cultures, rituals, customs, economies, languages, art, architecture, religions and world views of human societies past and present. Anthropology sets out to do just that, through the four lenses of its major subfields: sociocultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology and archaeology.

As a student of anthropology, you will acquire the concepts, theories and methods that will enable you to explore, describe and understand the human world in all its complexity. At the same time, you will be encouraged to pursue in depth your own areas of interest.

Why Brandeis?

At Brandeis, you will be taught by faculty who are active, research-intensive scholars and dedicated to their students. They will encourage you to think and learn deeply—not only through books, but in the field.

Because of our emphasis on writing and in-class discussion, you will graduate with solid skills in data collection, critical thinking and communication. You will be well prepared for graduate study and a scholarly career in anthropology, as well as for a career in any field dealing with people—from health care to government, from business to journalism, from education to human rights work—anywhere in the world.

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