Majors in our program take a capstone course that prepares them for life after graduation, including careers, graduate school and more.
- A holistic understanding of human diversity requires the study of biological, archaeological, social/cultural and linguistic anthropology.
- The comparative study of humanity requires qualitative and quantitative research methods.
- Human problems must be examined and solved within biological, historical, environmental, political-economic and sociocultural contexts. Accordingly, the faculty is critically engaged in scientific and humanistic research, academic and applied scholarship, student-centered instruction and public outreach.
Undergraduate students are trained in anthropological research strategies, theories and practices. Topics include:
- Migrants and refugees in the world system
- Urban processes and populations
- The anthropology of cities and tourism
- State formation and collapse in prehistory
- Food and diet
- Intersections of race, class and gender
- Identity politics in multicultural societies
- Language and health
- Communication and socioeconomic distinction
- Health and illness
- Global health discourse
- Religion and spirituality
- Museum studies
- Evolution and prevention of disease
- Social reform
- Human evolution
- Human behavioral ecology
- Human variation
- Global-local articulations
- Ideology and power
Undergraduate majors choose from a variety of upper-division courses and are encouraged to write an Honors thesis based on supervised, original research on a topic of interest. Undergraduates also have the option to conduct an internship on their topical concentration with a private or public organization in Atlanta, in another state, or abroad.
The Anthropology minor is an excellent complement to any major offered at Georgia State and provides skills and competencies that are increasingly valued in other fields. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Anthropology who have majored in another field may also consider this minor to help them prepare for graduate work. For more details, see the course catalog.
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Dr. Jennifer Patico
Dr. Faidra Papavasiliou
Dr. Steven Black