Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at the College of William & Mary offers strong programs in undergraduate and graduate studies. Our faculty and focus reach around the world, fostering an interdisciplinary culture, with long-standing links to American Studies, History, Music, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. We offer course work in all four subfields of anthropology and in all the major geographic areas of the world. Recently, the Department began participating in a new minor in Native Studies.  In addition, the College has approved a new program in Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies (APIA), which may of interest to Anthropology students -- see this news article for more information.

The Department of Anthropology announces with deep regret the passing of our Founder, Dr. Nathan Altshuler. In addition to beginning the Department in 1968, Dr. Altshuler recruited students, helped secure funding for the new department, and played an important role in creating the Department's Ethnographic Collection, which he saw as a foundation of teaching culture.  Together with Dr. V. Sutlive and Dr. M. Zamora, he founded the academic journal Studies in Third World Societies, which was housed and edited in this department for many decades.