Department of Anthropology


The study of anthropology fosters a general understanding of the human condition through the integrated study of human evolution, biology, culture and language in past and present human societies. The Department of Anthropology actively engages students with questions about the biocultural nature of humans and the contexts that shape and transform human behavior and practices. We are committed to cultivating the knowledge and skills to participate in current debates within the public sphere, and critically engage in creating a more just, interconnected world. At William Paterson, we provide students with active learning opportunities and applied experiences inside and outside the classroom, immerse students in various possibilities of engagement as public anthropologists, and support faculty efforts in teaching, research, and public engagement and service.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in Anthropology
  • Minor in Anthropology

In addition to preparing students for graduate studies, the anthropology program's emphasis on applied anthropology (e.g., forensics, archaeological field school, cultural resource management) opens career opportunities in a wide variety of settings, including: advertising, business, criminology, education, government, journalism, public health, and psychology.