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Department of Anthropology

Professors: G. Pope, T. Gundling, E. Weil

Associate Professors: A. Barrow, M. Kromidas, B. Natrajan(Chair), M. Villar

Assistant Professors: A. West


Anthropology actively engages students with questions about the biocultural nature of human beings.   Our discipline critically examines the contexts that have transformed human bodies, behaviors and practices in the past and continue to shape human societies moving forward.  The program provides majors with the knowledge and skills necessary to address human problems and participate in current public debates. It motivates students to reflect on the contours of human unity and diversity and urges them to create a more equitable and just world.   

Anthropology prepares students for a wide range of opportunities and career paths. The program provides a firm grounding in liberal arts education that ideally complements and supports many areas of study, including sciences and health, arts and communication, business and education, and other social sciences and the humanities. Anthropology graduates pursue careers in a large number of settings, including community, non-governmental, governmental and international organizations, elementary and early childhood schools, and businesses.  Our majors also pursue graduate studies in a variety of disciplines. 

Through comprehensive advisement, anthropology students are encouraged to individualize their experience in the program according to their future goals and interests.  Course work emphasizes active learning and research experiences inside and outside the classroom.  Participation in independent research, field studies, and internships provide students with opportunities to develop specialized skills and to engage in public issues. 

The anthropology department at William Paterson University houses the Gamma of New Jersey Chapter of Lambda Alpha, the National Honors Society in Anthropology.  Undergraduates who have completed at least 12 credits in anthropology with an average grade of not less than “B” (3.0 GPA) in four anthropology courses and a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0 are eligible for membership. For more information, please contact the Department of Anthropology, 973.720.2433.

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