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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Social Sciences Division
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 231
    • tel: 610-499-4365
    • fax: 610-499-4603
  • Dr. Bretton Alvare

    • Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 335
    • tel: 610-499-4287



Why Widener?

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Expansive Curriculum

Widener's undergraduate program in anthropology emphasizes the study of four interrelated fields: ethnography, archaeology, linguistics, and biological anthropology. This expansive type of learning environment gives you an edge in a competitive field of study. Students will graduate from Widener understanding all aspects of the human experience and ready to make an immediate impact on the world.

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Customized Experience

By selecting a variety of courses and minors, students can develop skills specific to the specialty and region in which they wish to work. Alumna Jessica Viscuso, who expressed interest in community development in Chester, added business and economic courses. Olivia Nardone completed a practicum at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Ethnography and Archaeology; she used her senior research project to propose a plan for a new gallery there. 

Students at archeological dig in Turkey.

Real-World Experiences

In line with anthropology’s hands-on approach to learning, we encourage students to gain practical experience through for-credit internships, practicums, and senior research projects. Kendall Concini '11, conducted her senior research project at a homeless shelter near campus, which led to graduate studies in urban anthropology. Other students have completed their senior research at physical therapy practices, enabling them to better understand their intended field and make contacts with practicing physical therapists for graduate school and future networking. 

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  • Kendall Concini '11
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Ali Maslar


I have always had a passion for learning about other cultures, and discovering anthropology as a major is the best thing that could have happened to me. I realized that there was an opportunity to help others, especially those in other countries. A degree in anthropology allowed me to do research on refugee resettlement and assimilation processes in the U.S. 

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Kendall Concini '11

Kendall Concini


What helped me really embrace Widener was my decision to stay after I changed my major. Widener felt like a small community, with professors who exceedingly built rapport, gave me opportunities to take ownership of my new major, and helped me develop my potential.

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Majoring in Anthropology at Widener

Bretton T. Alvaré, PhD, discusses how study abroad opportunities enhance the educational experience for anthropology students at Widener University.

Potential Careers

  • Anthropologist
  • College or secondary school educator
  • Marketing researcher
  • Museum curator
  • Medical anthropologist, physical therapist, coroner
  • Urban or regional planner
  • Archaeologist
  • International aide/development/banking coordinator
  • United Nations or state department employee
  • Business consultant

Recent Employers

  • Chester Development Authority
  • U.S. Army
  • Philadelphia Adoption Service
  • Collaborative Counseling Services LLC
  • Christiana Care System
  • College Park Academy
  • Mercy Fitzgerald
  • TEKsystems