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Welcome to the Department of Anthropology! If you are having difficulties accessing your class or reaching your instructor, please email the department chair, Prof. Larissa Swedell (LSwedell@qc.cuny.edu) and/or our department administrator, Ms. Shakiela Greene (Shakiela.Greene@qc.cuny.edu).  You may also email us with any other questions you may have or to schedule an in-person or video appointment for advising.  If you have questions about a specific course you are enrolled in, please email your instructor. All email addresses may be found on our People page.

 For our current Spring 2024 course schedule, click the Courses Tab (link at top of page) or click here.

If you are interested in a Major or Minor in Anthropology, please complete this downloadable form and email it to the Department Chair, Prof. Larissa Swedell, at LSwedell@qc.cuny.edu.

If you are interested in learning more about our specialized minors -- Human Ecology, Cultural Heritage and Memory, Power and Inequality, and Health and Culture -- go here.

Over the past few years we have confronted the devastation of COVID-19 and the inequalities it has exposed.  Like the rest of the world, we have witnessed excessive use of force in policing that disproportionately affects communities of color.  We have seen efforts to quash peaceful protests.  We are also experiencing efforts to cut public education in New York City, despite the socioeconomically and ethnically diverse communities CUNY serves and the upward social mobility it fosters.


Over the decades we have worked to empower students of color and strived to fight injustice.  That is our heritage; it is grounded in the legacy of Hortense Powdermaker; the respect for the efforts and martyrdom of our student, Andrew Goodman, a civil rights worker who was murdered in Mississippi in 1964; and the accomplishments of our current alumni and students who represent the diversity of the people we serve but also reflect the educational obstacles presented by persistent inequalities.  We will humbly continue to work to live up to the standards set for us, and to demand change.


In her study of race in Mississippi in the 1930s in a community where there were still people who had been born as slaves and slave owners, our founder, Hortense Powdermaker, wrote of the hope that African American interlocutors placed in education: They looked to education as the great and indispensable foundation of democracy. Education was to fit every citizen for participation in government, and to spread the doctrine that every citizen should be allowed to participate. It was viewed as the gateway to equal opportunity, the threshold of a new and better life” (1939: 299-300).


To achieve that goal, our alumna, Dr. Leith Mullings, encouraged us to forge an antiracist anthropology.  This means that we must challenge all forms of racism, including current forms that “seek to make the social appear natural and ruthless inequality appear as common sense“ (Mullings 2005, 679). 


Based on the actions of Andrew Goodman, we have to ask ourselves, what are we willing to give up to bring about change?


In seeking to foster the hope that Powdermaker documented, pursue the course of action that Dr. Mullings advocated, and respect the legacy of Andrew Goodman, we condemn the following:


1.            The use of force, intimidation, and bias in law enforcement that results in people of color being treated differently than their white peers;

2.            The persistent inequalities that lead to disproportionate levels of illness and death in communities of color, and the associated public policies that create unequal access to healthcare;

3.            The persistent underfunding of public education in one of the richest cities in the world.


The Anthropology Department at Queens College aims to give students a knowledge of human origins and development,
the varieties of human cultures, and cultural and social complexities of our species. A major in Anthropology provides the necessary preparation for graduate work in the field, as well as valuable background for careers in education, international studies, medicine and allied professions, sociology, and social work, as well as for participation in community organizations. Students wishing to major in anthropology may choose between two tracks: general anthropology and pre-professional anthropology. Students must declare their intention to major in anthropology by requesting a department adviser and by completing their concentration form in consultation with the adviser. Pre-professional majors are especially encouraged to work closely with a faculty adviser. Although course requirements are designed to prevent premature undergraduate overspecialization, there is sufficient flexibility to permit a student toemphasize cultural, biological, or archaeological anthropology. The selection of elective courses in the field of interest (both from within and outside the department) should be done in consultation with a faculty adviser from the respective sub-discipline.



Congratulations to Mandana Limbert who was elected a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences this year for her research in Southern Arabia. Dr. Limbert is the first socio-cultural anthropologist since 1945 to be elected as a corresponding international member of the academy. For more information on this prestigious accomplishment, follow this link.

Advisement week is this week (10/23 - 10/30)! To speak with Anthropology faculty about your course progress and/or declare a major or minor in Anthropology, sign up for a 15-minute meeting. Sign up sheets are now available in 314 Powdermaker Hall.

Our Fall 2023 schedule is now available! You may also find Fall 2023 faculty office hours here as well: F23 Office hours

Professor Megan Victor and QC Anthro students have created an education-driven digital laboratory displaying 3-D images of archaeological artifacts from the field. Check out this lab here at https://sketchfab.com/digitalarch and keeping checking in for updates!

Professor Juan Luis Rodriguez Aponte's new book, Language and Revolutionary Magic in the Orinoco Delta, has won the 2021 New Voices Book Prize from the Society for Linguistic Anthropology. For more information, follow this link.

Welcome back QC students! Check out our four NEW specialized minors: Human Ecology, Power and Inequality, Cultural Heritage and Memory, and Health and Culture. For more information regarding these new minor requirements, click here.

Professor Miki Makihara was interviewed by CBS Sunday Morning for a piece on Easter Island. For more details, click here.

Anthropology Adjunct Instructors, Jemima Georges and Katarina Evans received research grants to support their PhD research. Georges received a DDIG from NSF and Evans was the recipient of a L.S.B. Leakey Foundation Grant. For more information on the funded projects, click here.

Are you a QC Anthropology alum who would like share news about your life, career, research and/or family? Please refer to the Anthropology Alumni page for more on how to keep in touch with our department!

Follow QC Anthropology on Facebook: @QCAnthro, and get regular updates on new courses and upcoming events.