Anthropology Department

Anthropology is a holistic study of humankind that encompasses archaeology, socio-cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and biological anthropology. It is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on the sciences, humanities, and social studies. Students have opportunities to conduct fieldwork in any of the subfields. For majors, this can comprise a senior thesis. Grinnell’s anthropology major prepares students for graduate school as well as careers domestically and internationally in such fields as museology, regional planning, journalism, business, social services, and more.


Students in Monty Roper’s Practicing Anthropology class put theory into practice with community service organizations in Grinnell.

Dylan Fisher ’14 reflects on his summer's work—an anthropology mentored advanced project on farming families in the Grinnell area.


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