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The Anthropology Department at Queens College aims to give students a knowledge of human origins and development, the varieties of human cultures, and cultural and social complexities of our species. A major in Anthropology provides the necessary preparation for graduate work in the field, as well as valuable background for careers in education, international studies, medicine and allied professions, sociology, and social work, as well as for participation in community organizations. Students wishing to major in anthropology may choose between two tracks: general anthropology and pre-professional anthropology. Students must declare their intention to major in anthropology by requesting a department adviser and by completing their concentration form in consultation with the adviser. Pre-professional majors are especially encouraged to work closely with a faculty adviser. Although course requirements are designed to prevent premature undergraduate overspecialization, there is sufficient flexibility to permit a student to emphasize cultural, biological, or archaeological anthropology. The selection of elective courses in the field of interest (both from within and outside the department) should be done in consultation with a faculty adviser from the respective sub-discipline.



Dr. John Collins' book "Revolt of the Saints" on race, space, and history in Brazil has recently been published by Duke University Press. A description of the book can be found here.

Dr. Timothy Pugh's ongoing archaeological research on an ancient Mayan city in Nixtun-Ch'ich' in Guatemala has been featured on Yahoo News (May 1, 2015). For more details on Dr. Pugh and his team's findings, click here.

Dr. Sara Stinson, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, was the 2015 recipient of the Franz Boas Distinguished Achievement Award. This award honors members of the Human Biology Association who have made exemplary contributions to human biology in science and scholarship.

Dr. Erika Eichhorn Bourguignon, distinguished anthropologist and alumnus of Queens College (class of ’45) died in Columbus, Ohio, on February 15, 2015. She was professor emerita of anthropology at The Ohio State University, where she taught for more than 40 years. She is best known for her contributions to psychological anthropology, anthropology of religion and anthropology of women. For more information on Dr. Bourguignon’s work and what contributions may be made in her honor, click here.

Our Fall 2015 Course schedule is available here.

Dr. Karine Tache's recent publication on aquatic resources and their link to pottery usage in Northeastern North America was covered in Science Daily (Feb. 3, 2015).