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 anthropology degree program at Nazareth College bridges linguistics, physical anthropology, archeology, and its primary emphasis, cultural anthropology, through an interdisciplinary approach of core courses in religious studies, sociology, and research methodology. It provides students with the conceptual and methodological tools needed to study anthropology from multiple perspectives, such as religion and ritual, social justice, feminism, terrorism, and war.

Students in our anthropology major gain a broader perspective through service learning, a component of our Refugee Resettlement and Adaptation course, and 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 professions. 

Contact Information

Otieno O. Kisiara

Otieno O. Kisiara

Professor of Anthropology & Department Chair in Sociology & Anthropology
585-389-2768
okisiar0@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 395
Bio

Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, Washington University, 1998; M.A. Anthropology, Washington University, 1992; B.A. Anthropology, University of Nairobi, 1989

Teaching and Research Areas: Cultural Anthropology, Peoples and Cultures of Africa, Physical Anthropology and Archaeology, Anthropological Approaches to Political Economy, Ethnobotany, Agrarian Transformations in Africa, Labor and Contracts, Ethnicity.

Emma Ertinger, alumna of the anthropology major, anthropology degree program at Nazareth College NY

Alumni Spotlight: Emma Ertinger '09

Emma received a prestigious U.S. Junior Fulbright Award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to teach in Venezuela.

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

Nazareth by the Numbers

  • In 2011-2012, six students and one faculty member were awarded Fulbright grants.
  • Nazareth boasts an average freshman retention rate of 83.4 percent.
  • In 2011, Nazareth students devoted 553,000 hours of service to the community.