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
Museums and historical preservation societies
Cultural resource management 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.
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.
View curriculum and coursework requirements in our Loading....
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.
Our small, interactive class sizes allow you to become part of a learning community that is focused on student success and individual academic support.
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.
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.
Our program offers courses in the four subfields of anthropology:
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.
"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."
"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."
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
College Park Academy
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
Chester County Hospital
Crozer-Keystone Health System
Bernabei and Kabat PLLC
Outlooks & Outcomes
per year (median annual salary for anthropologists/archeologists in May 2019)
When comparing costs, we encourage you to look beyond sticker price. Because Widener is a private institution, we’re able to offer financial assistance that brings our exceptional education within reach.
Our financial aid team takes the guessing game out of applying for financial aid. To determine your financial aid package, including scholarships and grants, apply and complete the financial aid process. You might be surprised at how much we can offer in assistance.
Next steps to apply
Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.