The anthropology department emphasizes the holistic study of the human condition.

Our students’ interests range from world cultures and global challenges, to human rights and human origins. Students in Macalester’s Anthropology Department travel the world studying cultures, globalization, environmental issues, public health issues, identity, ethnography, and the practice of anthropology. Students may major or minor in anthropology.

Tour the Biological Anthropology Lab set up with the poster session from the Human Osteology and Paleopathology class, Anth240, Fall 2017.  It’s a 360 image, so click and drag to see entire room and click on circles to read posters. 

Follow our Language of Diplomacy class as they travel through Europe


Professor Olga Gonzalez wins 2018 Rossmann Teaching Award

Professor Olga Gonzalez (center) received Macalester’s 2018 Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award, presented by President Brian Rosenberg (right) and Professor Emeritus Jack Rossmann (left). This award it given each year to a faculty member who has been identified by colleagues and students as exemplifying the teaching goals of the college. The award comes with a $1,000 cash prize and is announced at the annual Faculty and Staff Spring Luncheon.

Dubie Toa-Kwapong ’16, illustrator Samuel Fleming ’19, and creator Nana Adom Mills-Robertson ’18 are looking to build empathy with their book, “This Land is My Land.” More

Genghis Khan and the Quest for God: A conversation with Jack Weatherford. The Mac Weekly sat down with Weatherford to discuss his controversial new book. More