What is an anthropology degree?

Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present, in all their complexity spanning human history. To understand this diversity, an anthropology degree draws and builds on knowledge from the social sciences, humanities and biological sciences, making anthropology the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to solve human problems.

Why study anthropology at Furman?

Anthropology at Furman introduces students to societies and social groups – some familiar, some different – and encourages thoughtful reflection on our own place in the world. Anthropology sharpens verbal, written and presentation skills to help you critically assess current assumptions about the world and imagine options for the future. Our program helps student develop three broadly transferable skill areas: understanding human diversity, building research skills for collecting and making sense of information, and communicating effectively.

By design, class sizes at Furman are small – giving space for meaningful connection and engagement in the classroom and beyond. Furman’s anthropology faculty specialize in wide-ranging regions and subjects, so when you declare a major, you’ll be able to match your interest with the best possible advisor. Whether your interest lies in gender, race, popular culture, archaeology, religion or sustainability, or regions such as Africa, Central America, Japan or India, your Furman career holds a multitude of opportunities to enrich your understanding of human diversity. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or begin your application .

How will you learn?

Cast your anthropological sensibilities far and wide through study away options offered by the Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education. Or take advantage of study abroad excursions through our affiliate programs where students have participated in archaeological fieldwork in China and Peru.

Partner with faculty on research to get a leg up on graduate school applications or to strengthen transferrable skills. Furman students have been mentored in archaeological and anthropological fieldwork on topics like the archaeology of Furman’s campus; the impact of race and ethnicity in sororities at Furman; psychics in Greenville, South Carolina; the impact of technology on Gen Z; and Furman Hindu students’ perspectives on religion and tradition.

Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

Anthropology courses and classes: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

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  • 3
    Fields or concentrations of study in anthropology: cultural, linguistic, and archaeological
  • 5
    Continents studied in Furman’s anthropology courses
  • 70%
    Anthropology majors who choose to double major
  • 63%
    Anthropology majors who study away
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Karen Allen

Assistant Professor, Sustainability Science; Anthropology

Lisa Knight

Professor, Religion, Asian Studies, and Anthropology; Chair of Asian Studies

Kaniqua Robinson

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Judith Williams

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Andrew Womack

Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, Anthropology

Shusuke Yagi

Professor of Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Anthropology, and Film Studies
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