Our program will prepare you to think critically and effectively about human origins and history, as well as the many issues facing humanity today, such as sustainability and the effects of globalization.

The solid coursework includes biological and forensic anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, anthropological and archaeological theory, globalization, research methods, language and culture. Our program includes the availability of special topics such as comparative religion, sociobiology and a variety of courses that focus on specific cultural areas (China and North America, for example). Opportunities for field work at home and abroad with remarkable professors make Oswego's anthropology program top notch.

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You have many opportunities for field work, including archaeological digs in historically rich Central and Northern New York as well as in France and the Bahamas. Participate in internships and study abroad programs  recent examples include internships with the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office and studying in France, India, Brazil, Peru, Tanzania, Poland and Italy. Join the Anthropology Club, which sponsors guest lectures and social events, as well as trips to museums and meetings of national anthropological associations.


Opportunities include

  • Museum curation
  • Archaeology
  • Cultural resource management
  • Forensic science
  • Advocacy
  • Public policy

Graduate studies may include

  • Anthropology
  • Other social sciences
  • Health care
  • Public administration
  • Languages
  • Business administration


We offer facilities that include the Experimental Archaeology Research Site on land adjacent to our classrooms and labs, an indoor lab, a forensic labs and a collection of artifacts from around New York state.

“For me, I just love studying bones because we can learn so much from them. These essentially lifeless things that wouldn't be able to speak to anyone else, we can give them back a voice. I really want to continue studying this subject so we can learn things about people after they are gone.”

— Alexa Lucera ’15