About Anthropology

About Anthropology

Anthropology at John Jay College



Anthropology is the study of humankind in all its aspects. From its start, anthropology has been a global field that asks questions about human nature, explores the vast diversity of human cultures and reveals the secrets of complex social relationships. Anthropology offers a big picture of the world and responds to the major challenges confronting humankind across place and time.   

The study of anthropology is for students who are curious about who they are, where they came from and why people do the things they do. With anthropology, students get to explore the cultures and lifeways of people all over the world.

Anthropology at John Jay College offers opportunity for learning about the world in all its beautiful complexity, and for gaining on-the-ground fieldwork experience. For a taste of Anthropology@johnjaycollege, we invite you to watch these two short films:

Fieldwork in Red Hook, Brooklyn: Red Hook Community Justice Center

2010 project to evaluate for Community Justice Center in Red Hook


Fieldwork in Manhattan: Gentrification in New York, a video ethnography


For more on Discovering Anthropology, check out:

This article featuring John Jay College students in the field: What the Brownstones Say: Surveying Place in Brooklyn


The website called This Is Anthropology: This is Anthropology

The website of the largest association of anthropologists in the world: American Anthropological Association