Why Choose Nazareth for Anthropology?

Contemporary anthropology is the study of cultures across the boundaries of space and time. It is a multifaceted field that studies people and cultures in a broad range of contexts — business, urban, forensic, medical, cultural, linguistic, social, archeological — and encompasses a breadth of professional opportunities.

The program at Nazareth College bridges linguistics, physical anthropology, archeology, and its primary emphasis, cultural anthropology. It provides you with the conceptual and methodological tools to study the human experience from multiple perspectives, such as religion and ritual, social justice, feminism, terrorism, and war.

You'll gain a broader perspective through service learning, a component of our Refugee Resettlement and Adaptation course, and through study abroad opportunities such as trips to Kenya to study the people and cultures of Africa.

Program Highlights

  • Emphasis on international and intercultural communication skills and perspectives.
  • Small classes with personal attention from faculty.
  • Liberal arts coursework in conjunction with professional training in fields such as business management, nursing, and public health prepares students for a variety of careers. 

Contact Information

Otieno R. Kisiara

Otieno R. Kisiara

Professor of Anthropology
585-389-2768
okisiar0@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 395
Bio

Education: Ph.D., Washington University (Anthropology); M.P.H., SUNY University at Albany; M.A., Washington University (Anthropology); B.A., University of Nairobi (Anthropology)

Teaching and Research Areas: Culture and globalization, forced migration, anthropological approaches to political economy, agrarian transformations, African studies.

Candice Gage, alumna of the anthropology major, B.A. degree program at Nazareth College NY

Alumni Spotlight: Candice Gage '14

Immigration Staff Attorney at the International Institute of Akron, Ohio

"Until we understand that our stories aren't all the same, we won't understand each other." Gage says she continues to draw on perspectives she gained from her anthropology degree to help her be an effective immigration attorney, able to observe cases from her client's and the other attorney's outlook. "What you learn from an anthropology program can be used in any career. It's priceless and it's rare." The professors in the "small but mighty" department bring interesting global perspective and are so supportive, she added: "I could bounce ideas off of them, and they'd help me make it actionable."

Example Careers

  • Archeologist
  • Cultural anthropologist
  • Museum director
  • Linguist
  • Physical anthropologist
  • Public health official
  • Urban/regional planner
  • Business anthropologist

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Three-week study abroad experience in Kenya
  • Work with local refugee resettlement programs
  • Work with local church-based youth programs
  • Archaeological work in upstate New York