What You Will Learn Studying Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology offers you a holistic understanding of human diversity through classes in each of anthropology’s four sub-disciplines: archaeology, linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. By examining cultures through the distinct lenses of each of these fields, you will acquire a multifaceted perspective on the human experience that spans vast stretches of time and space.

Rollins College professor points to a world map in the classroom.

Global Citizenship

Anthropology courses prepare you for global citizenship by educating you to practice cultural relativism, avoid ethnocentrism, and appreciate diversity on a global scale. The experience and knowledge you gain will enable you to navigate diverse ethnic, racial, gender, political, and economic contexts wherever you encounter them. In an increasingly globalized workforce, such skills are critical for achieving a meaningful life and productive career.

A group of Rollins student volunteers at the Hope Community Center.

Responsible Leadership

As an anthropology student, you will learn to apply cultural knowledge and in-depth understanding of global issues to real-world settings. Reflecting a departmental commitment to experiential learning and public scholarship, you will study abroad, take part in field study courses, or participate in a community engagement experience. Through hands-on learning and fieldwork experiences, you will engage our local and global communities to respond to pressing social problems. These transformative immersive experiences will give you a global perspective on key social issues and prepare you to take local and global action. In this respect, our program will prepare you to be a responsible leader, both in the classroom and in your community.

A Rollins student examines a shell artifact.

Productive Careers

Our courses will expose you to human similarity and difference on a global scale and develop your problem-solving skills, preparing you for a culturally diverse global labor market in which you will lead a meaningful life and have a productive career. Through assignments, discussions, fieldwork, and readings in our courses, you will learn to think about the world critically, conduct and write about research, approach real-world problems in creative and innovative ways, and work productively with people from different and diverse backgrounds. Our anthropology grads have gone on to work in fields that include human resources, cultural resource management, international development, museum curation, library science, law, real estate, public health, nonprofit work, and education.

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Meaningful Lives

Through your work in our department, you will become culturally-relative, aware of global problems, culturally and globally competent, ready to work with people of diverse backgrounds, engaged in your communities, always self-reflective, and capable of thinking critically about the world and your place in it.