Prospective Students

Meet our Anthropology Majors and Alumni

Majoring in Anthropology can take you where you want to go!

Anthropology is the study of humans in all their diversity, based on first-hand field experience, whether studying culture in a distant land, working on an archaeological dig, or observing non-human primates in the wild. Anthropologists study people of all regions of the world, past and present! The anthropology curriculum at Rutgers provides tools for observation, investigation and research, helping to foster the ability to formulate new hypotheses and communicate new discoveries. With around 100 majors and 45 minors, the program is large enough to offer students many learning opportunities, yet small enough to address individual needs. Students will find inspiration in lectures, develop skills in labs, and share knowledge in seminars.

The three choices of major or minor, in Cultural Anthropology, Evolutionary Anthropology or Anthropology (which combines cultural and evolutionary courses), offer students many options. The programs can lead students into career tracks such as research, teaching, forensics, media and film, conservation, museums, and mapmaking, and students acquire unique credentials which can enhance any career. The Certificate in Evolutionary Medicine provides additional opportunities. Students can increase their employability through work in the department’s five labs and participation in summer field schools, which offer credits toward the degree. The department encourages students to participate in internships, which also enhance the resume and often can be applied toward the degree. Many of our majors go on to masters and doctoral level graduate work.


Anthony Bonini ventured overseas on a six-week stint in Africa where he studied advanced methods of paleoarchaeology, focusing on fossils millions of years old. “You push yourself to your limit,” he says of his work at the Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya.

Study Anthropology

  • explore diverse human life and culture, past and present
  • develop tools for research and communication
  • analyze and contextualize artifacts
  • first-hand field experience at sites around the globe
  • Dare to see the world differently, help to make a difference!

The Department of Anthropology is part of the School of Arts and Sciences

As an Anthropology major in the School of Arts and Sciences, you’ll have full access to a liberal arts education that spans 47 programs for undergraduates. You will acquire both the specialized knowledge of the field you choose to study in depth, and broad knowledge of the world from the renowned scholar-teachers at Rutgers. You’ll graduate ready to meet contemporary challenges in your workplace, in your hometown, and in the global community.

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Undergraduate Director
Robert S. Scott
Email - Robert S. Scott
Fall 22 Office Hours

Monday 2-3:30 pm BIO-210 or by apptmt

Undergraduate Assistant
Maydelle Romero
Email - Maydelle Romero
Available by email M-F 9-5; In office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

 Departmental Chair
Ryne Palombit
Email - Ryne Palombit
Fall 22 Office Hours

Monday 5:30-6:30 BIO-209A or by apptmt
Tuesday 1:30-2:30 virtual or by apptmt