Anthropology BA

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.

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, the Czech Republic, 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.


Bachelor of Arts

Digging in: Anthropology research lab at SUNY Oswego

Dig in to our laboratories

Several specialized facilities support research and teaching anthropology at Oswego. An Indoor Archaeology Dig Lab, Outdoor Experimental Archaeological Research Sites and Forensic Anthropology Lab provide a unique experience for our students.


  • Clearly articulate how different areas of our discipline explain the interrelated contributions to the understanding of human behavior and its evolution.
  • View diverse cultural practices from an anthropological perspective and understand how they fit with the logic of their cultural contexts.
  • Apply anthropological theory, methodology- and techniques to recognize, collect- and analyze data across each subfield of anthropology.
  • Demonstrate general skills associated with both quantitative and qualitative research and specific skills associated with each of the four subfields, such as designing questionnaires, engaging in participant observation, designing and interpreting archaeological surveys, working with relational databases and Global Positioning Systems/Geographical Information Systems (GPS/GIS), collecting and transcribing linguistic data and engaging in forensic analyses.

Career Opportunities

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

Anthropology is a really diverse field, and it was kind of cool to see all the things that fall under this one giant umbrella and how those different fields play off each other.

I am doing research with human remains in the basement of Mahar. I will be presenting parts of this research during Quest, and also during our Anthropology Department Capstone presentations. I went abroad to Paris, France last year.

My experiences abroad changed my life in numerous ways. A trip to southern France landed me in front of 14,000-year-old cave paintings, amazing.

The Anthropology Department faculty at Oswego has turned into my second family. They have been my support system throughout most of my time at Oswego, and for that, I am forever grateful.

Program Resources


Learn what it's like to work in a professional setting while still in school.

Where out students have interned

  • Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
  • National Park Service
  • New York State Historic Preservation Office
  • Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office
  • Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

The Oswego Guarantee

  • No increase in room & board 
  • Timely course offerings
  • High touch connections to alumni 
  • Small student to faculty ratio
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Study Abroad

Take classes and participate in internships while immersing yourself in all that region has to offer.


Apply the knowledge you learn in the classroom to research in the field and laboratory.

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