About Us

Anthropology at Boston University

Anthropology is the study of all aspects of human life—from our biological evolution to our modern societies, religions, and economies. Our distinguished faculty members have authored many books, and many serve on national and international grant committees and editorial boards. They bring that expertise enthusiastically to their teaching.

For undergraduates, we offer two courses of study:

  • Our social anthropology coursework prepares students for careers in law, business, international relations, development, and related fields.
  • Our biological anthropology coursework prepares students for careers in medicine and health sciences.

Both, of course, also prepare students well for the strongest graduate programs in the field. We also offer a joint major in Anthropology and Religion, a Minor in Anthropology, and a Minor in Medical Anthropology.

Graduate students examine and experience anthropology through fieldwork, laboratory work, and close study. Our faculty members are experts, for instance, in the study of Islamic societies, including those found in today’s hot spots like Iran, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Turkey. Other areas of faculty expertise—like the effects of religion on politics and society, democratic transitions, youth culture, evolutionary biology, anatomy, and primate ecology—are at the forefront of current news stories.

Matt Cartmill
Professor and Chair, Anthropology