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.


Jonathan Zilberg, Center for African Studies, University of Illinois will present “Is the Museum in Indonesia a Colonial Relic?” at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Faulconer Gallery.

His visit is sponsored by the anthropology department.

First-year students traveled to Europe, Mexico, and the U.S. Southwest in a course that explores issues surrounding immigration, refugees, and the symbolic and physical importance of borders.