Question the status quo. Examine social norms. Resist injustice. As an anthropology major at Rollins, you’ll learn what it means to be human. Our program helps you understand our past and present as you examine crucial global issues, including immigration, racism, gender discrimination, access to health care, and the environment.

A springboard for careers in education, health care, law, medicine, media, public advocacy, marketing, civil service, and business, the study of anthropology is meant to stoke your curiosity about the world and hone your cultural agility— skills that are invaluable in our increasingly global society.

You’ll develop practical problem-solving skills, field methods, and communications techniques to help you navigate the world—and a sense of empathy and understanding to help you appreciate it more deeply.

Why Study Anthropology at Rollins

  1. Hands-On Learning

    Rollins’ extensive collection of archaeological artifacts—plus a pre-Columbian Native American site in the nearby Wekiva River—will give you opportunities to conduct fieldwork using the methods and skills learned in class.

  2. Community Engagement

    Develop local-to-global connections in your studies, working closely with community organizations and activist groups as you study culture and human experiences.

  3. Faculty Mentorship

    Faculty members embrace collaborations with students and encourage in-depth, interactive learning experiences that include presenting at national conferences and publishing in scholarly journals.

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SJ Renfroe

“Rollins goes beyond telling you to ‘do good in the world’ or ‘be a leader’—it shows you how to self-examine and look at how you can use the tools you learn to create meaningful change. The quality of the faculty and the personalized attention allowed me to form deep relationships, and I’m so thankful to the anthropology program for its focus on creating good people who study systemic issues and not just cultures.”

SJ Renfroe '18

Program Manager, HIAS

Rollins Anthropology Careers

Rollins anthropology grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative organizations.

  • Konrad Antczak

    Konrad Antczak ’11

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Theresa Chu-Bermudez

    Theresa Chu-Bermudez ’11

    Owner, Get Out! Custom Travels
  • Morgan Gill

    Morgan Gill ’14

    Judicial Law Clerk, Montgomery County Circuit Court
  • Rachael Kangas

    Rachael Kangas ’11

    Director, Central & West Central Regions, Florida Public Archaeology Network
  • Alexandria Mickler

    Alexandria Mickler ’16

    Program Analyst, USAID Bureau for Global Health
  • Jennifer Sherwood

    Jennifer Sherwood ’11

    Public Policy Manager, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Real World Experience

From community engagement courses to research, anthropology students hone their skills in the real world.

  • Florida Public Archaeology Network
  • Global Livingston Institute
  • Mi Familia Vota
  • Hope CommUnity Center
  • Nemours

See for Yourself

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A Day in the Life of a Rollins Anthropology Major

“Anthropology is my academic soulmate and has fundamentally shaped my worldview toward greater empathy for other cultures and peoples. The anthropology department is a lot like a family—you can develop relationships with incredible mentors. I got into grad school because of my professor. ”

SJ Renfroe '18

Program Manager, HIAS

Beyond the Classroom

Student Leaders on Campus In addition to Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honor Society for Anthropology, our students play leadership roles in many clubs across campus, including EcoRollins, The Democracy Project, Medical Ethics Club, Rollins Improv Players, and Voices for Women.

Study Abroad You’ll have the opportunity to apply anthropological skills you’ve learned in the classroom to real-world settings by participating in semester-long programs in countries such as Japan, Ireland, and Brazil as well as short-term field studies in Guatemala, Morocco, and Mexico, and a summer internship in Uganda.

Community Engagement We work with numerous community partners, giving our students the chance to engage in important social issues, like farmworkers’ rights, voting rights, undocumented immigrants, LGBTQ youth, and health inequities.

Keep Exploring

Take a deeper dive into anthropology at Rollins by meeting your future professors, seeing our grads in action, and sitting in on a class.

November 02, 2022

Solving the World’s Biggest Problems

For Rollins students, alumni, and faculty, the most pressing issues of our time are not insurmountable. They’re opportunities to bring meaning to the term “global citizenship.”

September 15, 2022

Brown Awarded National Institute of Mental Health Grant

Anthropology professor Shan-Estelle Brown has earned a one-year grant to support the CDC’s initiative, “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.”

Shan-Estelle Brown speaks with a student during a class session.

September 01, 2022

Magnifying the Moment

Whether it’s in the classroom or the community, anthropology professor Shan-Estelle Brown is committed to finding real solutions for issues of health inequality.

Expert Faculty

Our faculty members work in close partnership with our students and the area’s premier institutions. They foster deep, meaningful, insightful class discussions to provide context for various social issues. With a broad range of specializations, our faculty enhance learning through close mentorship.

Department of Anthropology

Cornell Hall - Room 110
Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave. - 2761
Winter Park, FL 32789

Telephone: 407.646.2670

Visit the Department of Anthropology Website

Contact Anthropology Professors

  • Shan-Estelle Brown

    Shan-Estelle Brown, PhD

    Associate Professor of Anthropology

    Research interests: Medical anthropology, patient-provider relationship, health disparities, chronic illness, self-treatment, global health

  • Zack Gilmore

    Zack Gilmore, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology

    Research interests: Anthropological archaeology, pre-Columbian Florida and American Southeast, shell mounds, early pottery technology and exchange

  • Rachel Newcomb

    Rachel Newcomb, PhD

    Professor of Anthropology

    Research interests: Cultural and applied/public anthropology, Middle East and North Africa, gender, Islam, globalization, immigration, and food studies

  • Ashley Kistler

    Ashley Kistler, PhD

    Professor of Anthropology

    Research interests: Cultural, linguistic, and public anthropology, Mesoamerica, Maya culture, gender, cultural revitalization, identity, and immigration