Department of Anthropology
Careers in Culture
For students who are curious about our diverse world and want to understand how human societies throughout time and in disparate locations formed and existed, Bridgewater State University’s Department of Anthropology offers three undergraduate concentrations, supported by a strong liberal arts foundation. The department’s goal is to help students pursue their interest in world cultures, the biological nature of being human and the relationship between humans and their environment, while developing into well-rounded, informed global citizens with strong critical thinking abilities.
We offer a B.A. in either General or Cultural Anthropology, and a B.S. in Public Archaeology. The General Anthropology concentration introduces students to three of anthropology’s subfields: cultural, biological and archaeological anthropology. This concentration provides a well-balanced background in anthropology, with excellent preparation for graduate school and employment in a variety of fields. Students interested in biological anthropology, including the study of forensic anthropology, primate behavior and conservation and the human fossil record, usually enroll in this concentration. Cultural Anthropology uses comparative, cross-cultural methods to understand human culture and its variations. The Public Archaeology concentration introduces students to the methods of recovery, analysis and interpretation of the material remains of past culture, and it also relies on courses in geology and geography. Anthropology majors at Bridgewater gain the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with people from other cultures in private and public sector settings, including healthcare, cultural resource management, social services and public welfare agencies, or as teachers, museum curators or consultants for international development, environmental and humanitarian assistance agencies.
Dr. Calvin Mires and students in his Graveyard of the Atlantic course are the first group to document a shipwreck visible on Cape Cod.
Jacob Coffey, '19, and Scott Delaney, '19, assessed artifacts donated to BSU that are on exhibit in Boyden Hall.
The Journal of Women's Studies, started by Dr. Diana Fox, brings the world to Bridgewater and offers students hands-on experience in publishing. The open-access journal recently surpassed 1 million article downloads.