Undergraduate Major

Anthropology (BA)

Step up, stand out, and gain the skills and unique perspectives necessary to engage with diverse people of the world with a degree in anthropology from Widener.

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Program Overview

Anthropology is a major for those who want to explore foreign cultures and patterns of human behavior in all of their rich diversity. 

At Widener, you'll discover the processes people use to make sense of the world and build valuable critical thinking, communications, and civic engagement skills that will enable you to apply this knowledge in a variety of professional settings such as:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Government offices
  • NGOs
  • Museums and historical preservation societies
  • Cultural resource management firms
  • Service organizations
  • Healthcare agencies
  • Media outlets
  • Design firms

When you graduate from Widener you will have practical experience from internships, study-abroad opportunities, and faculty-supervised research. Our students have the leadership abilities and professional qualifications desired by employers in today's rapidly changing economy. 

Program Options

The anthropology program's expansive curriculum will prepare you for a rewarding career by helping you earn a degree structured around your interests and professional aspirations. All anthropology students at Widener design a tailored curricular path drawing on the four subfields of anthropology. 

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Here, students can choose to follow a general course of study or an accelerated 3 year pre-professional pathway. Students take courses in each of the four fields of anthropology and choose advanced electives that cater to their individual interests. The program is designed to be flexible, encouraging students to adopt a dual major or minor in complementary fields of study.

View our academic catalog for more information about major requirements.

The Department of Anthropology also offers a minor course of study comprised of an introductory course, a culture area course, and five advanced elective courses.

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The anthropology major is flexible enough to allow students to adjust their degree according to interests and career goals. Learn about our pathway options in:

Program Highlights

Our small, interactive class sizes allow you to become part of a learning community that is focused on student success and individual academic support.

Students in Costa Rica anthropology field work

Engage in Real-World Learning

You'll learn field techniques and receive training in a hands-on environment both locally and abroad. Annual field-study trips to Central America and the Caribbean are just a few places where students work collaboratively with local community members to solve challenging social problems.

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Meet Your Second Family

With opportunities for research collaboration with faculty, and small class sizes, before long your professors and classmates will feel like a second family.  You'll have the opportunity to meet with a faculty advisor regularly to discuss goals and objectives and keep you on track for graduation. 

Flexible Curriculum

Our program offers courses in the four subfields of anthropology:

  • cultural
  • archaeology
  • linguistics
  • biological (physical) anthropology

This holistic learning approach provides the opportunity to explore the discipline and build career choices. By understanding all aspects of the human experience you'll be ready to make an immediate impact on the world.


Our professors make you the priority.

Chelsea Abbas
Assistant Professor

"Teaching is another way of learning. As such, I am deeply devoted to the support and intellectual growth of my students. I pride myself in being an accessible resource for students during their academic careers, be it in the classroom, around campus or abroad in a faraway field site."

Bretton Alvare
Associate Professor

"I am deeply committed to providing an enriching, supportive learning environment for all of our majors. Our small department enables us to devote personal attention to each and every student. Working together, we help them to identify and achieve their personal and professional goals. Their success is our greatest reward."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Here, you'll prepare for a fast start and long-term career success. You'll build long lasting connections with your second family of students, faculty, and staff to help you navigate your way after graduation.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • U.S. Army
  • College Park Academy
  • Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
  • TEKsystems
  • Chester County Hospital
  • Crozer-Keystone Health System
  • Fusion Academy
  • Bernabei and Kabat PLLC
  • GrubHub

Outlooks & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Consultant
  • Educator 
  • Museum Curator
  • Archaeologist
  • Architect

Pride Perspectives

Hear from our students about their experience in the anthropology program.

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As I embark on a career as a human rights lawyer, these experiences have taught me everyone has a story, and you need to ask people about theirs to really begin to know and understand them.

Rebecca Westrom

Rebecca's Story

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