Anthropology is devoted to the study of human cultural diversity through time and around the world. Its cross-cultural approach helps students not only appreciate diversity but reflect back on the unstated assumptions of their own cultures. By making the foreign familiar, and the familiar foreign, anthropology helps us make sense of the human condition. But diversity is not fixed. It is ever changing, always in flux. Anthropology explores cultural contact, diffusion, transformation and resilience in a world in which connections are increasing at a rapid pace. Students are encouraged to pursue Independent research and write a senior thesis, which may be accepted into an honors program. 

The Five College anthropologists have a history of lively collaboration, including cross-registration for students in five college anthropology courses and an annual Five College Undergraduate Anthropology Conference featuring student presentations. For further information and access to the Five College Catalog of courses.

All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the College’s Learning Goals and the Anthropology Learning Goals.

Courses and Requirements 

See the Anthropology chapter of the course catalog >

Five College African Studies Certificate

The Five College Certificate in African Studies offers students an opportunity to pursue an interest in African studies as a complement to any academic major. Drawing on the expertise and courses offered by more than 50 faculty members across the five campuses, students pursuing the Five College African Studies certificate work closely with a faculty advisor to plan a uniquely tailored course of study. See also the list of requirements for more information.

Five College Culture, Health, and Science Certificate

The Five College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science complements any major, allowing students to deepen their knowledge of human health, disease, and healing through interdisciplinary inquiry. Under the guidance of faculty program advisors on each campus, students choose a sequence of seven courses available across the five campuses and identify (in consultation with their advisor) an appropriate project or internship that will count toward the certificate. (Four semesters of a second language is also recommended, but not required.)

Together with the visiting lectures and seminars sponsored by the Program, CHS provides a structure that is adaptable for students interested in pursuing health-related careers, as well as those curious to learn how different disciplines analyze the common human experience.

Five College Middle Eastern Studies Certificate

The Five College Certificate Program in Middle Eastern Studies is an opportunity for students to complement a disciplinary major with multidisciplinary studies and linguistic attainments. Because of the wide range of courses available through the Five College consortium, students may design a program that will meet their intellectual, academic and prospective professional needs in conjunction with an advisor from their home institution.

The program is administered by the Five College Middle Eastern Studies Committee, which includes faculty advisors from each participating campus. In addition to exploring the range of courses offered at the Five Colleges, students are encouraged to spend time in the Middle East, learning Arabic and other languages and immersing themselves in the culture of the area. Plans for study abroad should be designed in consultation with the student's advisor.

Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Certificate

The Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice (RHRJ) certificate program is dedicated to furthering scholarship, education and research in its field.

Students, faculty and practitioners are invited to join the RHRJ program as we delve into the social, economic, legal and political conditions that influence reproduction and help educate the next generation of reproductive health scholars, practitioners and advocates.