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.

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


  • General Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Socio-cultural Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Anthropological Archeology
  • Biological Anthropology

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 35  35 
2015 24  24 
2016 20  20 
2017 24  24  11 
2018 20  20 
2019 15 15 2

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.

What are Anthropology concentrators doing...


Director of Undergraduate Studies: Andrew Scherer