A Note Concerning the COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak
Starting Monday, November 9th, all Anthropology department course instruction and administrative matters will be conducted online. For students, staff, or visitors needing information see the following contact information:
Anthropology majors: If you need guidance from your faculty advisor contact the advisor using his/her MSU email address. If you need general advising guidance that your faculty advisor cannot provide contact the department advising coordinator, Dr. Julie Farnum. If you have general departmental questions you may contact the department chair, Dr. Peter Siegel or program assistant, Ms. Bonita Kates
General MSU students: For any questions regarding an anthropology course you are currently taking contact your instructor using his/her MSU email address. For general questions regarding the department contact the department chair, Dr. Peter Siegel or program assistant, Ms. Bonita Kates
MSU staff: If you need general administrative assistance contact Bonita Kates.
Visitors with general questions about the anthropology department contact Dr. Siegel or Ms. Kates.

What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the holistic study of human cultures. It deals with our origins; physical and cultural development; biological characteristics; belief systems; social, political, and economic organization; and customs of peoples and cultures. Through the many perspectives of anthropology, the field is linked to psychology, biology, sociology, chemistry, medicine, history, and the earth sciences. Because of its broad and holistic approach to the study of culture, anthropology is unique in comparison to other fields of inquiry.

Careers or Skills Gained

Anthropologists work in laboratories, classrooms, communities, and corporate settings. We work for universities; federal agencies; state, county, and local governments; hospitals; community organizations; non-governmental organizations; environmental groups; heritage management firms; foreign aid organizations; police departments; among others. Majoring in anthropology at Montclair State will prepare you for positions in a wide variety of non-academic jobs or for graduate study leading to a career in university teaching and research.

Careers in Anthropology

Julian Brash talking with Anthropology students at New York City's High Line park.

Our Faculty

As a group, our faculty conduct research and offer courses in all of the four subfields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, and archaeology.

Meet our Faculty

Contact Us

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