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Anthropology Programs and Courses


The Anthropology Department at Hofstra University offers core training in the four subfields of anthropology: anthropological archaeology, linguistic anthropology, cultural anthropology, and physical and biological anthropology. Anthropology undergraduates are asked to learn about the history of the discipline, and to become familiar with theories, methods, and topics that defined the different subfields. The variety of course offerings allows students to engage with the full breadth of anthropology. Alternatively, students may choose to concentrate on one area of the discipline, in which case faculty members advise and collaborate with students to guarantee a rich and unique academic experience at Hofstra. Faculty encourage their students to explore and participate in a variety of field-study programs, including the department's archeological field school. At Hofstra, anthropology graduates go on to pursue careers in almost every industry or continue their education after graduation by entering a variety of graduate programs.

The Department of Anthropology at Hofstra University also offers students the opportunity to concentrate on the subfield of Anthropological Archaeology. With this option, students supplement their core training in anthropology with intensive courses in archaeology, including theory; survey, field methods, and technique; artifact identification and laboratory analysis; site interpretation; and a host of topical courses. Students who choose to concentrate in anthropological archaeology have the opportunity to work and volunteer at the Center for Public Archaeology (CfPA) at Hofstra University, where they receive practical training in community engagement and public outreach. Likewise, the CfPA's Archaeology Laboratory provides hands-on experience to refine fundamental skills essential to a career in archaeology. The Archaeology Concentration brings together a cohort of anthropology majors who share a common interest, passion, and drive to learn more about the material past and ourselves. Any student interested in pursuing the Archaeology Concentration is encouraged to contact Dr. Bradley Phillippi, director of the CfPA and professor of anthropology and archaeology. 

The scope of anthropology effectively bridges the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences, and we encourage students from throughout the Hofstra community to take advantage of our courses and other programmatic offerings. Students who minor in anthropology enhance their critical thinking skills and broaden their perspective of the world and its cultural diversity. Whether students major in public policy, medicine, business, or law, a minor in anthropology better prepares students for their professional lives in an increasingly globalized world.

Hofstra's minor in Food Studies is unique to Long Island and one of few in the New York metropolitan area. Food Studies is about more than food. It is about culture, human rights, race and class. It is about business, labor and international relations. Food Studies is also about science, sustainability, and health - what is good for the environment and for our bodies.

Food plays an integral role our daily lives, from the nutrition and calories that sustain us, to the representations and cultures of food. Food is intertwined in our past and present societies. Students will study foodways across cultures and historically; representations of food; culinary traditions; as well as current controversies and food-based social movements.

A minor in Food Studies would complement majors in anthropology, biology, business, communications, community health, economics, English, environmental resources, global studies, Italian Studies, journalism, Latin America and Caribbean Studies, philosophy, sociology, and sustainability, among other areas of study.

Program Information


Prospective majors may want to browse the listings of recently offered courses, and read faculty research profiles to get a sense of the opportunities open to them. Use Course Prefix ANTH for Anthropology or AFST for African Studies to find the most up-to-date information about Anthropology courses. Also, incoming students should check the Freshman seminar offerings as Anthropology faculty teach topical seminars frequently.