Department of Anthropology

The Anthropology Department offers cutting edge emphases for both undergraduates and graduates. Combine your studies in anthropology with medicine, nursing or public health or concentrate in international studies and business.


As a student in the anthropology program at Case Western Reserve University you will be involved in a discipline that challenges you to form a unique perspective on human behavior, institutions, and biology. These skills of investigation, discovery, and critical thinking prepare you for a wide range of careers from health and international affairs, to public service, education, and law, to management and industry. Job opportunities in the subdisciplines of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology will be abundant in the next ten years. Read more.



Student Seminar on Summer Experiences

Date posted: October 20th, 2015

Join us on October 30th from 12:00 – 1:00 for a student seminar on summer experiences in Mather Memorial 201. Hear from anthropology undergraduate students and learn about their hands-on research, both locally and around the world, and the amazing opportunities out there for anthropology students. …Read more.

Lee Hoffer featured in The Week

Date posted: October 20th, 2015

Lee Hoffer featured in “How Mexican drug cartels are fueling America’s deadly heroin epidemic” by Todd Frankel in The Week.

DITTRICK Museum Conversations Line-Up feature Vanessa Hildebrand and Catherine Osborn on September 24th

Date posted: September 3rd, 2015

Join the Dittrick Museum of Medical History for the talk “‘Hard Labor’-Birth in the 19th Century and Today.” The discussion will feature Vanessa Hildebrand, assistant professor of anthropology, serving as one of the discussants on the panel and Catherine Osborn, research assistant and graduate anthropology student, who will speaking at the event. Space is limited to 30 participants. To join the conversation register online or via email to Brandy Schillace.

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Jill Korbin to serve on the Society for Psychological Anthropology Board of Directors

Date posted: July 31st, 2015

Jill Korbin will serve as president-elect (2015-2017) and president (2017-2019) of the Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA). The SPA, founded in 1977, is an organization of individuals interested in cultural, psychological, and social interrelations at all levels.

Paleoecology Symposium

Date posted: May 27th, 2015

This September 10-12, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (Denise Su, Curator of Paleobotany and Paleoecology) and Case Western Reserve University (Darin Croft, Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy; and Scott Simpson, Professor of Anatomy and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology) are organizing a symposium on “Latest Methods in Reconstructing Cenozoic Terrestrial Environments and Ecological Communities.” This event will include: a public keynote presentation by Dr. …Read more.

Kathleen Dowdell received the Robin Kramer SAC Volunteer Award

Date posted: May 21st, 2015

Kathleen Dowdell, Anthropology Department Administrator, received the Robin Kramer SAC Volunteer Award in recognition of her extraordinary commitment to the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and the university community. The award will be presented at the annual Staff Awards Brunch on June 11, 2015.


Certificate in Global Health

Learn about the extraordinary success of Anthropology graduate students in obtaining national funding for their doctoral dissertation research.

Interactive Map of Anthropology Research Conducted by Faculty and PhD Candidates at Case Western Reserve University

Learn how to join Lambda Alpha, the CWRU Ohio Theta Chapter of the national honors society for students of Anthropology

Interested in a career in Anthropology? American Anthropological Association (AAA) website, This Is Anthropology, may have helpful information.