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Anthropology

Anthropology is a holistic and broad approach to the study of humankind. It deals with our origins; biological characteristics; languages; and the beliefs, customs, and lifeways of past and contemporary cultures. Today, anthropologists work in research centers, hospitals, corporations, government offices, community organizations, as well as academic settings.

Career Opportunities

  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Historian
  • Teacher
  • Survey Researcher

Undergraduate Programs

BA in Anthropology

The Anthropology Major prepares students for advanced work that can lead to college teaching, museum curating work, and/or research, as well as careers in non-academic settings. The program can be adapted to meet certification requirements for teaching social studies in New Jersey schools.

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BA in Anthropology with Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6

This program is for students who will major in Anthropology and want to become teachers in grades K-6. A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate and will be combined with an additional 60-61 credits for the teacher certification.

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BA in Anthropology (Combined BA/MAT with Teacher Certification in Grades K- 6 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities.)

The Dual Degree Dual Certification program is an accelerated program that leads to teacher certification in grades K-6, teacher certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities, a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree.

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BA in Anthropology (Combined BA/MS in Sustainability Sciences)

New for Fall 2021, the “4 + 1” BA Anthropology/MS Sustainability Sciences program is designed for students who are prepared to begin graduate level coursework while still Anthropology seniors and to begin exploring topics for either a masters’ thesis or an applied internship project.

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BA in Anthropology, Community Development Concentration

In the Anthropology Baccalaureate program, Community Development Concentration students may choose course work in Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, Anthropological Linguistics, or Anthropology of Globalization to complement the General Education requirement core courses and electives.

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Minor in Anthropology

The Minor in Anthropology is an eighteen-credit program available to undergraduate students from any major. Students will take an introductory course in Cultural Anthropology combined with elective courses in Archaeology, Human Variation, and more.

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Minor in Urban Humanities

The Urban Humanities program investigates what it means to be human in an increasingly urban world. Urban spaces are not only home to most of the world’s population, but it is increasingly important to economic development, political cooperation and conflict, human-environment relations, and creative expression — that is, to the complex and diverse experience of being human. The Urban Humanities program explores the urban experience in an interdisciplinary way, drawing on faculty and courses from social sciences like anthropology and sociology; humanistic fields like the arts, history, and literature; and scientific fields like environmental studies. The program is also focused on community engagement: Montclair State University lies in the center of the one of the largest and most diverse urbanized areas in the United States, and this context will serve as laboratory and source of career opportunities for Urban Humanities students. The program’s curriculum is designed to provide students with both a coherent framework through which they can explore urban life and the flexibility to pursue individual courses of study that fit their interests and needs. Students in the program will explore diverse subjects such as the impacts of urban development and gentrification, forms of urban activism and advocacy, community planning, the urban impacts of and reaction to climate change, urban culture and art, criminal justice issues, and the urban dynamics of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity and inequality.

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