Anthropology is the study of humanity-past and present. Our technological age is shaped by choices people made in prehistory. Anthropology identifies both patterns in the human experience around the globe and solutions to the pan-human challenges of the Anthropocene.

Why study Anthropology at Sewanee?

Anthropology's unique and holistic approach to the study of all humankind (prehistoric, historic and contemporary) is made possible through the integration of four sub-fields: Archaeology, Linguistics, Physical Anthropology and Socio-Cultural Anthropology. Students apply anthropological approaches to address research questions through local field study, community engagement projects, and skills-based classes. They are also encouraged to study and pursue research opportunities abroad. Students are asked to orient course projects towards future career goals in law, medicine, business, public service or graduate study.

At Sewanee, our faculty have global research and teaching experience from Southeast Asia to the Middle East, South Africa to Easter Island, Europe and North America. Classes consider the roles of culturally-produced visions of ethnicity, gender, class, race, and religion in shaping both contemporary problems and their solutions. The department focuses on core strengths in Ecological Anthropology, Environmental Archaeology, Environmental Humanities and Environmental Justice.      


Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent anthropology graduates' first jobs.

  • Archaeological crew chief, Statistical Research, Inc., Tucson, Arizona.
  • Teacher, Episcopal School of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.
  • Stock broker, TD Ameritrade, St. Louis, Missouri.

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and pre-professional programs—about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.

  • M.S. in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy, Vermont Law School.
  • M.S.N., Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Oxford University, England.

A Sampling of Courses


Programs of Study & Related Programs
  • Requirements for the Major and the Minor in Anthropology

Meet some professors


Celeste Ray
Director of The environmental Arts & Humanities Program , Chair of Anthropology


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