Anthropology is the study of human beings from all times and all places, offering holistic, comparative, international, and humanistic perspective. In studying and interpreting the vast range of similarities and differences in human societies and cultures, anthropologists also seek to understand how people themselves make sense of the world in which they live. The Department of Anthropology at Brown is a vibrant, award-winning group of scholars working primarily in the subfields of cultural anthropology, archaeology, and anthropological linguistics.  The concentration provides students with a broad introduction to the discipline and includes the major subdisciplines of the field: sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, anthropological linguistics, and biological anthropology. The department also allows students to pursue the Engaged Scholars Program. ESP is for students with an interest in making deeper connections between their concentration curriculum and long-term engaged activities such as internships, public service, humanitarian and development work, archaeological excavations, and many other possible forms of community involvement. 

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Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Develop a nuanced understanding of the history of anthropology
  • Grasp the guiding principles of archaeology, as well as sociocultural, linguistic, and biological anthropology
  • Develop sophisticated communication skills
  • Become familiar with field work and other social science research methods
  • Engage in independent research


Click here for a list of concentration requirements. Click here for a list of requirements for the engaged scholars program in Anthropology.

Honors and Capstones

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Senior Seminar: Seniors concentrating in Anthropology must enroll in a senior seminar designed to provide a capstone experience that deepens their connection to the discipline and encourages reflection.  

Honors: A student wishing to be considered for Honors must have a majority of A’s in the concentration and should apply to the Concentration Advisor during the 7th semester. All Honors candidates are required to write a thesis, supervised by two faculty members and give a short presentation on their thesis in a Departmental symposium.

Please see the department's website for a complete description of program requirements.

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Enhance your aesthetic sensibility
  • Expand your reading skills
  • Collaborate fully
  • Understand differences among cultures
  • Embrace diversity
  • Engage with your community
  • Evaluate human behavior
  • Work on your speaking and writing

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Graduating Class

Year Total Capstone Honors
201326 26 
201435 35 
201524 24 
201620 20 
201724 24 11 

Alumni Pathways

Former concentrators have earned advanced degrees in Anthropology or are currently matriculated in Anthropology graduate programs. Many have pursued graduate and professional degrees in fields such as mass communication and advertising, medicine, law, fine arts, public health, and elementary education. Others have applied the analytical, research, writing, and language skills they developed in the concentration to careers outside of anthropology in the following areas: classical music, playwriting, foreign language instruction, international financial consulting, HIV intervention, reproductive health and sexuality advocacy and education, photography, sustainable development and social justice advocacy, and writing and editing children's literature.

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Dept. Undergraduate Group

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Student Leaders:

  • Julia Deng
  • Jonas Johnson
  • Julianna Bradley
  • Cameron Osborn
  • Stella Chong
  • Heba Haleem

If you are an advisor and would like to make changes to the information on this page, contact, or email Dean Besenia Rodriguez.