Why Study Anthropology at New College?

At New College, our Anthropology AOC seeks to impart a broad perspective on past and present peoples and cultures around the world through study of the methods and materials of the discipline. Through required coursework, you will develop a solid knowledge of the scope and objectives of cultural anthropology and archaeology and of at least one other subdiscipline within the field (i.e., biological anthropology and/or linguistics). You will also acquire in-depth critical knowledge of the theory and methods of anthropology.

But what really separates our program from many others at the undergraduate level is the abundant opportunities you have to engage in hands-on research with our faculty, each of whom is widely published within the field. One of them is among the country's leading experts on the archaeology and ethnohistory of Mexico and Central America, while another specializes in the analysis of contemporary social issues and is a former editorial board member for the Tampa Bay Times, one of the country's leading newspapers. Others include an expert on the archaeology of the Middle East and early Florida who is the director of our Public Archaeology Laboratory, an environmental anthropologist with expertise in community-based conservation efforts in Africa and the U.S., and a Mesoamerican specialist who is an expert on the iconography and hieroglyphic texts of the pre-historic Maya.

Through the real-world experience you will gain while working with these experts in their fields, you'll acquire the research, analytic and communication skills needed to succeed at both the graduate school level and in the workplace.  Our faculty are also terrific teachers and mentors who can advise you on graduate school and career choices, as well as on internship and study abroad opportunities that might be a good fit for your personal interests.

[Did you know?]

The Hal C. Ball Anthropology Laboratory on campus houses a 2,000-volume library on Mesoamerican anthropology. It also contains a collection of anthropology texts and manuals, a series of hominid and primate skulls, a slide collection, an oral history archive, audio-visual and photographic equipment, a computer workstation for student use and a Mac video editing station.

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