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.