A Note Concerning the COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak
  • Anthropology majors: If you need guidance contact your faculty 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.
  • General MSU students: For any questions regarding an anthropology course you are currently taking contact your instructor using his/her MSU email address.
  • MSU staff: If you need general administrative assistance contact Dr. Peter Siegel.
  • Visitors: For General questions about the anthropology department contact Dr. Siegel.
  • Undergraduates with advising/registration questions: Please contact your advisor, listed on your Degree Works which you can access through your NEST account
  • Undergraduates with graduation concerns or advising issues that your advisor cannot resolve: Dr. Julie Farnum.
  • Bigel awards: Please contact Dr. Elaine Gerber
  • Bednarek scholarships: Please contact  Dr. Elsa Davidson, Katherine McCaffrey, or Maisa Taha.
  • Change of major forms, credit adjustments, authorizations/permits: Please contact Dr. Peter Siegel.

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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