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


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

Anthropology research on Nepal was presented at Himalayan Studies Conference by Professor Arjun Guneratne of the Anthropology Department, Andrea Grimaldi ’16, and Sarah Rasmussen ’14. 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

Professors James Laine and Arjun Guneratne will collaborate with University of Minnesota professor Sungok Hong on a project to make Hindi language instruction available to students at colleges that do not offer it.   more

Macalester professor named 2015-16 Executive Leadership Fellow at the U of M’s Center for Integrative Leadership  more

Two Macalester students and one 2013 graduate recently presented posters at the Third Annual Student Poster Presentations Session, Minnesota Society of the Archaeological Institute of America at the University of St. Thomas. Carol Meja ’15 and Kate Sinnott ’14 presented posters detailing an archaeological survey in which they took part during the summer of 2013.  more

A group of students spent four and a half weeks working in the 280-acre Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area this summer. “Professor Legge taught us how to do survey work quickly but soundly,” says Holt. The pottery will be sent to the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul for permanent curation. more