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.



Cynthia Beall elected to serve on the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Board of Directors

Date posted: December 30th, 2015

Cynthia Beall was elected to the Board of Directors in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2015 election. AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. …Read more.

The Anthropologist – Fall 2015 Issue Released

Date posted: December 7th, 2015

The Fall 2015 issue of The Anthropologist just released. Take time to catch up on faculty research, grants awarded within the department, noteworthy achievements from undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and alumni, and other news from the Department of Anthropology.

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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