Students can study anthropology as a major (BA, Anthropology), a minor (non-Liberal Arts majors), or a guided area of study (Liberal Arts majors).
This liberal arts degree combines multifaceted, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of anthropology with in-depth explorations of key contemporary issues. Students gain fresh insight from courses that reflect the diverse and eclectic interests of an international faculty.
Anthropology is the study of human beings and the social and cultural worlds they inhabit. Whether conducting their research in cities or villages, laboratories or rain forests, refugee camps or colonial archives, anthropologists are attentive to the ideas, affects, practices, values, and institutions they encounter. At Eugene Lang College, anthropology students explore a wide range of topics such as race and classification; money and value; human rights; migration, war, and violence; drug cultures; kinship, sex, and gender; and art, design, and urban life.
Students gain a comprehensive knowledge of anthropology and its key concepts, methods, new approaches, and critical texts through three modes of inquiry:
- Reading Anthropology introduces students to anthropological texts and the distinctive ways in which cultural anthropologists study the world.
- Writing Anthropology focuses on modes of anthropological writing and other forms of representation—including photography, film, and sound recordings—and the relationship of anthropology to other disciplines.
- Doing Anthropology emphasizes the analysis and practice of fieldwork and other methods anthropologists employ in their research.
The University and New York City
While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. Anthropology students at Lang enjoy benefits including
- New York City location, which provides opportunities for civic engagement and internships with organizations such as the American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the City of New York, Neighborhood Preservation Center, and Amnesty International
- Study abroad and exchange programs
- Speaker series featuring leading anthropologists from the United States and abroad
- An international faculty that has conducted research in western Europe, South America, Indonesia, South Asia, Central and Northern Africa, China, and the United States
- An interdisciplinary approach that promotes dialogue with other disciplines, such as history, economics, environmental studies, psychology, urban studies, philosophy, and media studies
- Courses offered in 15 foreign languages
Education at Eugene Lang College is designed to develop well-rounded and engaged citizens who are thoughtful, articulate, and creative. Anthropology majors go on to pursue advanced studies in anthropology, organizational psychology, and other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities and careers in law, health care, business, social and public service, international and nongovernmental organizations, marketing and market research, museums, and other fields.