Study the diversity of human culture and the dynamics of social organization around the world, both past and present.

Across time and around the world, anthropologists explore the range of human life, cultures and social structures. The work is typically field-based using ethnographic methods.

Our major and minor are based on cross-cultural, bio-cultural and holistic approaches—including sociocultural, linguistic and applied—to the scientific understanding of human behavior and society.

Electives include Medical Anthropology; Globalization; Social Life of Media; and the Anthropology of Sports.

Majors are encouraged to experience another culture by studying abroad or participating in a summer field program. Your senior exercise may be based on library research or original fieldwork conducted during study abroad. A public policy major in anthropology is also available.

  • In class with Professor of Anthropology Dru Gladney
    In class with Professor of Anthropology Dru Gladney

What You'll Study

  • The structure and dynamics of human culture
  • Theory and history of anthropology
  • Ethnography and field research methods
  • Statistics for math, politics, psychology or economics
  • Five electives chosen in consultation with your advisor
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anthropology courses are taught at The Claremont Colleges.

Researching at Pomona

  • Yttrium Sua '15
    Environmental Change on Taiwanese Aboriginal Groups: Yttrium Sua ‘15

    Staying with and visiting 10 Aboriginal tribes in Taiwan, Yttrium studied the effect of land use policies on the tribes’ culture and the environment.

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    The Secret Life of the Commuter Student: Tiana Chanaiwa ‘17

    For ethnographic research, Tiana detailed commuter student experiences at four Southern California colleges: Cal Poly Pomona, Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College and Whittier College.

Will Carpenter
William Carpenter ‘16

Anthropology has given me many lenses to make sense of the world and humans' place in it, as well as insight into why the world is the way it is, what separates the human from our primate ancestors and why such wonderful diversity exists among cultures around the world.

Faculty & Teaching

The expertise of our anthropology faculty includes the people, politics and culture along the Silk Road; issues of health, human rights and sexuality in the Middle East; the interplay of language and culture; and the production of culture in film and American icons who go global.

Professor Pardis Mahdavi

My students inspire me to believe that we can enact change for the future. One student set up a midwifery clinic in Nepal.  I have another student who’s in Tanzania setting up a water testing and treatment plant that could save thousands of lives every month. These are just some of our exceptional students who have taken what they’ve learned in our classes and gone on to change the world.