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  • Unleash your curiosity about human beings and the social and cultural worlds they inhabit. As an anthropology student at Lang, you combine multiple disciplines to explore a wide range of human-centered topics such as race and classification, money and value, human rights, migration, violence, drug cultures, digital worlds, science and technology, kinship and gender, art, design, and urban life.

    • Study Options Major, Minor

    Anthropologists are not just observers of the societies they study but also participants in them—whether cities or villages, laboratories or rainforests, refugee camps or colonial archives. Through courses and fieldwork in anthropology, you learn about human affairs not just from a bird's-eye view but from perspectives revealed through immersion in diverse contexts and communities. Through in-depth explorations of key contemporary issues, you address the nexus of nature and culture, past and future, and the local and the global.

    Anthropology majors acquire a comprehensive knowledge of anthropology and its key concepts, methods, new approaches, and critical texts. Our interdisciplinary approach also promotes dialogue with other fields such as history, economics, environmental studies, psychology, urban studies, philosophy, and media studies.

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    Global Perspectives

    • Learn from an international anthropology faculty that has conducted research in Europe, South America, Indonesia, South Asia, China, Japan, Africa, and the United States.

    • Gain firsthand experience studying and collaborating across cultures through study abroad and exchange programs.

    • Take foreign language courses that will help you navigate national and global cultures.

    Connecting to New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. Our campus location in the heart of Greenwich Village allows anthropology students to engage in fieldwork that examines human life in New York City. There are also opportunities for civic engagement and internships with nearby organizations such as the American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the City of New York, Neighborhood Preservation Center, and Amnesty International.

    Career Paths

    Education at Eugene Lang College is designed to develop well-rounded and engaged citizens who are thoughtful, articulate, and creative. Anthropology majors go on to pursue advanced studies in anthropology, organizational psychology, and other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities and careers in law, healthcare, business, social and public service, international and nongovernmental organizations, marketing and market research, museum work, and other fields. Consult our 4-Year Lang Career Pathways Map (PDF) for helpful steps and resources to link your academic journey to your future plans. 

    If you are planning to pursue graduate studies in anthropology, consider applying to the Bachelor's-Master's program, which enables you to earn graduate credits that apply to both your Lang degree and a graduate anthropology or liberal studies degree at The New School for Social Research.

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  • Courses

    Explore a selection of courses available to you in this program.

    • Psychedelics have returned into mainstream science, seem at the brink of being approved as medicines, and are rapidly regaining popularity not just in American culture. This course examines the psychedelic renaissance historically and ethnographically: How does it differ from the first wave of enthu...

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    • LANT 2089

      War and Mobility

      We live in a world shaped by the movement of humans, animals and non-human goods, and we are subjected to state hierarchies of sex, gender, race, and class that control and capitalize on this movement. In contexts of armed conflict, these hierarchies become weaponized. War forces mobility for some, ...

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    • What is a wound? What causes wounds? How do wounds heal? And, what do wounds cause? Starting from these deceptively simple questions, this course will offer an ethnographic exploration into the politics of wounds. To begin with, we will work our way through the definition of wounds, asking how diffe...

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  • Anthropology students gain fresh insight from courses that reflect the diverse and eclectic interests of an international faculty.

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