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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.



Join us in Celebration of National Anthropology Day

Date posted: January 6th, 2017

February 16, 2017

12:00 – 2:00PM

The Department of Anthropology invites you to stop by their table in Tinkham Veale Center Smith Commons on February 16, 2017 between 12:00 and 2:00 pm. Learn about the exciting opportunities open to anthropologists and enjoy a piece of cake in celebration of National Anthropology Day!

Celebrate National Anthropology Day!

“Material Life Circumstances and Children’s Subjective Well-Being: Cross-National Comparisons of 16 Countries”

Date posted: January 1st, 2017

Postdoctoral Scholar, Daphna Gross-Manos, PhD, will discuss the relationship between material situation and happiness among children using the findings of the International Survey of Children’s Well-Being. While household income is almost exclusively used as a proxy for a child’s material situation, Gross-Manos will review two alternative measures for children’s material situation and subjective well-being across 16 countries. …Read more.

The Anthropologist – Fall 2016 Issue Released

Date posted: December 16th, 2016

The Fall 2016 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.

Janet McGrath received the AARG 2016 Moher Downing Distinguished Service Award

Date posted: December 1st, 2016

At this years Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Janet McGrath received the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group (AARG) 2016 Moher Downing Distinguished Service Award. It was awarded to Dr. McGrath for her more than 25 years of outstanding interdisciplinary anthropological scholarship in the service of the prevention of HIV/AIDS and exceptionally meritorious contributions to the improvement of the health of people infected with or at risk of infection with HIV. The AARG is a special interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology, which is a section within the American Anthropological Association whose mission is to support anthropological research in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Lambda Alpha Membership Applications Being Accepted Now

Date posted: November 21st, 2016

If you are interested in joining Lambda Alpha, the international honors society for anthropology students, and meet the requirements linked here, please bring your initiation fee and file an application in the main office of the Anthropology Department located in Mather Memorial 238. New members can only be nominated to the national office once a year so this is the opportunity for this year.

Annual Kassen Lecture featuring Dr. Claire Wendland

Date posted: September 26th, 2016

Each year the Department of Anthropology presents the Kassen Lecture, featuring a top female scholar in the social sciences to present a lecture to the department and to the campus community. The Kassen Lecture for 2016 will feature Dr. Claire Wendland, Professor, Departments of Anthropology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her talk title is “Dangerous Care: Reproductive Violence, Fast and Slow.” October 13, 2016 from 4:15 to 5:30. Generously supported by an annuity from the late Drs. Aileen and Julian Kassen.

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