In today's complex world, a major in Anthropology is particularly relevant. Anthropology is global in its perspective, comparatively studying humankind, in all places and throughout time. Individuals with anthropology degrees are sought after in many professional contexts, including healthcare, non-profit organizations, businesses, and governmental agencies. Anthropology is an excellent degree for pre-law and pre-med students or Anthropology majors may choose to pursue a career in anthropological research in socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and medical anthropology. Students of anthropology develop an understanding of the concept of culture and how it unites human social, political, biological, and historical experiences. Majors in Anthropology further develop this holistic understanding of the human condition in applied research particularly emphasizing issues of human diversity, ethnocentrism, and inequality.
The Anthropology major at Wagner is divided into three sub-fields: socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology. Students take classes in all three of the fields, though they may choose to focus their coursework and research in one of these areas. Reflecting the research interests of Wagner's faculty, area courses are offered on the anthropology of the North America, the Caribbean and its Diaspora, and South America. Departmental faculty work closely with Anthropology students to enable them to study abroad, either with departmental faculty, through a variety of Wagner programs, or through a non-Wagern affiliated program.