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Anthropology

Question the status quo. Examine social norms. Resist injustice. As an anthropology major at Rollins, you’ll learn what it means to be human. Our program helps you understand our past and present as you examine crucial global issues, including immigration, racism, gender discrimination, access to health care, and the environment.

A springboard for careers in education, health care, law, medicine, media, public advocacy, marketing, civil service, and business, the study of anthropology is meant to stoke your curiosity about the world and hone your cultural agility— skills that are invaluable in our increasingly global society.

You’ll develop practical problem-solving skills, field methods, and communications techniques to help you navigate the world—and a sense of empathy and understanding to help you appreciate it more deeply.

Why Study Anthropology at Rollins

Hands-On Learning

Rollins’ extensive collection of archaeological artifacts—plus a pre-Columbian Native American site in the nearby Wekiva River—will give you opportunities to conduct fieldwork using the methods and skills learned in class.

Community Engagement

Develop local-to-global connections in your studies, working closely with community organizations and activist groups as you study culture and human experiences.

Faculty Mentorship

Faculty members embrace collaborations with students and encourage in-depth, interactive learning experiences that include presenting at national conferences and publishing in scholarly journals.

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SJ Renfroe
“Rollins goes beyond telling you to ‘do good in the world’ or ‘be a leader’—it shows you how to self-examine and look at how you can use the tools you learn to create meaningful change. The quality of the faculty and the personalized attention allowed me to form deep relationships, and I’m so thankful to the anthropology program for its focus on creating good people who study systemic issues and not just cultures.”

SJ Renfroe ’18

MA Candidate, Columbia University

Rollins Anthropology Careers

Rollins anthropology grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative organizations.

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Konrad Antczak ’11

Postdoctoral Fellow, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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Theresa Chu-Bermudez ’11

Owner, Get Out! Custom Travels

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Morgan Gill ’14

Judicial Law Clerk, Montgomery County Circuit Court

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Rachael Kangas ’11

Public Archaeology Coordinator, Florida Public Archaeology Network

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Alexandria Mickler ’16

Research Program Coordinator, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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Jennifer Sherwood ’11

Policy Associate, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Real World Experience

From community engagement courses to research, anthropology students hone their skills in the real world.

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Popular Courses

Our courses probe the biological basis of human society, societal norms and behavior, social change, and cross-cultural similarities and differences in areas such as politics, economics, religion, youth culture, globalization, and gender.

ANT 210
Human Evolution

Review genetics, examine human fossils, and dissect debates among paleoanthropologists to illuminate how science works.

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ANT 202
Foundations of Latin American and Caribbean Culture and Society

In a survey of Latin American and Caribbean history, anthropology, and literature, you’ll study the region’s prehistory, colonialism, slavery, music, dance, race and identity, tourism, and globalization.

ANT 255
Middle East Culture

Explore the everyday lives of people in the Middle East as they negotiate the challenges of globalization, new media, religion, and the legacy of colonialism.

GBH 200
Introduction to Public Health

Investigate the concepts and methods for measuring health in populations, and consider the impact of health care systems, public health systems, and government policies on health and disease patterns.

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ANT 227
Curating Archaeological Collections

Delve into the professional standards, methods, and ethics of curating archaeological collections through extensive hands-on work with artifacts, human remains, and paper records from actual archaeological sites.

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ANT 305
Activism and Social Change

Learn how to use anthropology to take action on pressing social problems. Examine issues related to race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, and more to consider how anthropologists fight inequality.

A Day in the Life of a Rollins Anthropology Major

“Anthropology is my academic soulmate and has fundamentally shaped my worldview toward greater empathy for other cultures and peoples. The anthropology department is a lot like a family—you can develop relationships with incredible mentors. I got into grad school because of my professor. ”

SJ Renfroe '18

MA Candidate in Human Rights, Columbia University

Beyond the Classroom

Student Leaders on Campus In addition to Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honor Society for Anthropology, our students play leadership roles in many clubs across campus, including EcoRollins, The Democracy Project, Medical Ethics Club, Rollins Improv Players, and Voices for Women.

Study Abroad You’ll have the opportunity to apply anthropological skills you’ve learned in the classroom to real-world settings by participating in semester-long programs in countries such as Japan, Ireland, and Brazil as well as short-term field studies in Guatemala, Morocco, and Mexico, and a summer internship in Uganda.

Community Engagement We work with numerous community partners, giving our students the chance to engage in important social issues, like farmworkers’ rights, voting rights, undocumented immigrants, LGBTQ youth, and health inequities.

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Expert Faculty

Our faculty members work in close partnership with our students and the area’s premier institutions. They foster deep, meaningful, insightful class discussions to provide context for various social issues. With a broad range of specializations, our faculty enhance learning through close mentorship.

Department of Anthropology
Rollins College
Cornell Hall - Room 110
1000 Holt Ave. - 2761
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2670

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