William & Mary sign

Latest about COVID-19 and the Path Forward for fall.

Info for... William & Mary
William & Mary W&M menu close William & Mary

For Prospective Students

Why We're Different

Our undergraduates regularly work with graduate students on research projects

All seniors take intensive capstone research seminars

We are home to several research centers and have close ties to several more

Laboratories dedicated to archaeological research, primate and human biological anthropology, and artifact conservation

Historic and contemporary ethnographic collections, prehistoric and historic archaeological artifacts, and comparative osteological objects

Our Anthropology students study the human experience — its evolution, expression, and transformation across diverse historical and social contexts. The discipline incorporates field work, data collection, and analysis and extends across four subdisciplines:

  • Archaeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Linguistics
  • Social or Cultural Anthropology

Undergraduate students gain a broad understanding of human social diversity and experience in conducting anthropological research. Graduate students gain practical training in field and laboratory methods, teaching, and collection-curating.

Degree Programs

We offer two options for the minor: the "standard" minor in Anthropoolgy, and a minor in Native Studies.

Courses

Course topics range from environmental archaeology to ethnographic research, medicine and culture, and linguistic anthropology. See the Undergraduate Catalog to explore the complete list of Anthropology courses.

Research

We offer unusually rich historical and archaeological resources, both on-campus and in our immediate area. Research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students are ample. The department sponsors one or more archaeological field schools every summer. 

 

Careers

Paths leading from an undergraduate degree in anthropology branch out in all directions. Many of our majors proceed directly to graduate or professional schools. Others enter the workforce in areas ranging from law to economics, from business to teaching, from peace-keeping to police work.

Our graduate program prepares students for careers as university professors, historical archaeologists, and professionals in museums, historical societies, government, and the private sector.

Talk to Us

Want to know more? Our faculty want to connect with you.

  • Undergraduate program: contact [[jglasser, Professor Jonathan Glasser, Director of Undergraduate Studies]]
  • Graduate program: contact [[jgkahn01, Professor Jennifer Kahn, Director of Graduate Studies]]
More About W&M