Student looks at human skull


Take a broad perspective on humankind.

When you take a broad perspective on humankind, you’ll always have something new to learn, often through first-hand fieldwork. Anthropology is concerned with people and cultures around the world, past and present, as well as our closest primate relatives. If you want to learn about the human condition and its many facets, like family, privilege, gender, race, power, language, ritual, and myth, then the intensely interdisciplinary field of anthropology may whet your intellectual curiosity.

Anthropology is a bridge across the humanities, social sciences, and STEM that will prepare you for global opportunities. You’ll be ready for graduate school or a career in business, public health, regional planning, social justice advocacy, journalism, museum work, sustainable development, and more.

Statement by the Faculty of the Department of Anthropology

Primate photos and skulls

What Interdisciplinary Primatology Reveals about Human Nature

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Josh Marshack's research on primate social dynamics is intrinsically tied to all of the anthropology subdisciplines, as well as to areas outside of anthropology and academia altogether.
Tommy Hexter testing water conditions at Little Bear Creek

Dirty Hands and Wet Feet

Tommy Hexter ’21 shares his path to serving the Grinnell community as a Poweshiek County Water and Soil Commissioner.
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Grinnell Offers Summer Classes for the First Time Since 1947

The spirit of community and desire to care for students prompted the quick development of summer classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fall 2021 First-Year Tutorials

A collage showing a 1963 "March on Washington for jobs and freedom" button and part of a book cover with the title "Racecraft" over historic images of people of color


Taught by Professor Katya Gibel Mevorach, this tutorial considers racism and the alchemy that converts Otherness into profound Difference. 

Illustration of a giant rabbit in a white uniform chasing a man across the desert

Alien Anthropology: Where Social Science and Science Fiction Intersect

Professor Joshua Marshack and his students investigate what it means to be human through the dual lenses of science fiction and anthropology.

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