The study of people, by people, for people is the focus of anthropology.

You’ll see humanity’s patterns, practices and places in new lights through multidisciplinary lenses. A focus on fieldwork—whether that’s discovering artifacts in the college’s archaeological and ethnographic collections or observing your surroundings in Appleton or beyond—helps develop methodical thinking and sought-after skills useful in a variety of careers.

Courses like medical anthropology and forensic anthropology pair your studies with other fields of interest.

Explore requirements for a major or minor in anthropology, and learn more about the tracks that comprise the anthropology program.

Learn more about the diverse interests of the anthropology faculty.

Melanie Shefchik ’22 count and catalogue material from the Charles A. Grignon Mansion during Practicum in Archaeological Collections Management April 16, 2021 in Briggs Hall.

Anthropology Collections at Lawrence



Get hands-on with history in the college’s rich collections of archaeological, ethnographic, and biological artifacts.

Lawrence anthropology professor and student investigate Kaukauna’s Grignon Mansion

Lawrence Archaeological Survey



Work with the tools of the trade as you conduct real-life geophysical surveys of regional historical sites with your anthropology classmates.

The Chandler Senior Experience

The Chandler Senior Experience offers an opportunity to reflect upon and synthesize what you've learned. Design a research-focused project and present it to the anthropology faculty and your peers during a formal symposium in Spring Term of your senior year.

Recent Senior Experiences include:

  • Reconstruction of Grand Kakalin Village
  • Museum exhibition on Oceanic Art
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Fox river and Steitz hall in the background

The Ronald J. and Carol I. Mason Excellence in Anthropology Fund


The Ronald J. and Carol I. Mason Excellence in Anthropology Fund provides funding for current students to pursue research or training opportunities in Anthropology.

Graduates at Commencement

Anthropology Outcomes


A foundation in anthropology opens doors to careers in public health, museums, education, and beyond.


On Any Given Day...

...discover an array of opportunities that await you at Lawrence University.

Academics

The Grignon Study

Kaukauna’s Grignon Mansion is site of archaeologic investigation by Lawrence anthropology professor and students. 

Melanie Shefchik ’22 count and catalogue material from the Charles A. Grignon Mansion during Practicum in Archaeological Collections Management April 16, 2021 in Briggs Hall.
Course

An anthropological approach to the study of gender and sexuality, and how they intersect with other dimensions of social difference such as race, class, and ethnicity.

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