Anthropology Program

Housed in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, the Anthropology program at Stonehill focuses on the holistic study and understanding of other cultures from an insider’s point of view and explores the diverse ways in which human beings perceive and order the social world.


Hannah Rosen ‘12

“My anthropology studies have not only allowed me to explore and participate in French cultural practices more fully, but they have also allowed me to have a greater insight to the cultural place of language and specific words," says Hannah Rosen ‘12, who studied abroad in Grenoble, France

The Anthropology program, which centers on cultural and linguistic anthropology, gives students a competitive advantage in future pursuits by affording unique insight on the many factors that determine who we are and influence how we live.

Reflecting our Congregation of Holy Cross roots, the program also helps students see that all people have dignity, are worthy of respect and offer something to our understanding of what it means to be human.

Competitive Advantages

Stonehill College’s focus on cultural anthropology helps students gain the skills to understand and appreciate human culture, and to study how people understand, organize, preserve and transform their social worlds. The theoretical lens and methodologies of anthropology center around dialogues with populations of concern, taking their culture into account and respecting their human and cultural rights.

The program aims to enhance students’ ability to thrive in an increasingly interconnected and globalized world by offering them an important critical framework for assessing the needs and appreciating the values and interests of diverse communities.

Students in this program can expect to:

  • Understand the types of questions asked by anthropologists and the research methods they employ to answer them
  • Be familiar with anthropological literature and data sources and demonstrate the ability to access such data
  • Develop knowledge of anthropological perspectives, concepts and theories
  • Develop the practical techniques of observation, writing field notes, interviewing and analyzing human behavior
  • Cultivate skills of critical reading, scholarly research and composition
  • Develop their own research questions and proposals and demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze data
  • Develop an understanding of the main issues and debates in at least one sub-discipline of anthropology
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate ethnographic research and anthropological theory

The anthropology coursework addresses the large-scale consequences of globalization, including climate change, migration, urbanization and food supplies, from a cultural perspective.

“The skills I learned in the Anthropology program at Stonehill have helped me to understand humans in a more complex way, which will help me to accommodate and understand the diverse people I will encounter in any profession.”
Alexis Robbins ’17

An Interdisciplinary Program

The anthropology major, interdisciplinary in nature, complements several programs at the College, including foreign languages, international business, healthcare administration, political science, arts administration, environmental studies and history.

Fields that fit well with an anthropology degree include:

  • Museum work
  • International NGOs and development work
  • Diplomatic corps
  • Healthcare
  • Non-profits
  • Education
  • Business

Stonehill students have gone on to study anthropology at the graduate level, complete post-graduate service, including in the Peace Corps and Stonehill Service Corps, and begin careers in areas that include education, social work, travel consultation and business.