The Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University is comprised of distinguished faculty members who guide their students toward success in the field. Our professors have published extensively in all of the major subfields of the discipline (Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Sociocultural Anthropology) and students can select a course of study that is highly individualized. Both traditional and more innovative theoretical approaches are emphasized.
Our goal is to train scholars who conduct original research and make significant contributions to the field. We accomplish this by creating a dynamic environment in which faculty and students work closely with one another to develop new ideas. The discipline is as diverse as the world itself, and subjects of study in our courses range from ancient civilizations to modern American popular culture. We also encourage cross-disciplinary study of related fields such Biology, History, Political Science, and Economics.
Currently our department is engaged in cooperative research with several other University disciplines, such as:
• Ecological and Biobehavioral Anthropology, an approach that employs ecological, biomedical, evolutionary and population paradigms in conjunction with natural science and sociocultural perspectives.
• Political Economy, which seeks to understand the ways that forces at the state and suprastate levels interact with local-level institutions and practices.
• Critical Anthropology, which attempts to ascertain the influence of culturally instituted power in the structuring of social science practices, including methodologies and theory building.
The M.A. degree culminates in a thesis, and will prepare the student for future doctoral work, or for employment in various profit and non-profit organizations. The M.A. degree includes a foreign language requirement. Those with a B.A. in subjects other than Anthropology are welcome to apply. Funding is available for some students through teaching assistantships.
The M.S. in Biomedical Anthropology degree consists of a cross-disciplinary course of study between Biological Anthropology, Biomedicine, and Sociology. The aim is to better understand the transmission of disease and optimize the treatment methods to combat them.
The Ph.D. degree culminates in a dissertation. It prepares the student for advanced research opportunities or for employment in higher-level education and other fields. Funding is available through teaching assistantships and graduate assistantships.
We invite you to visit our Department of Anthropology website. There you can read faculty profiles and see what else our program has to offer.
SUNY Binghamton is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.