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Hands-On Opportunities

Anthropology students have many opportunities within and beyond the classroom to hone their skills, explore the diverse possibilities of the field, and gain invaluable career preparation. For example, our students have…

  • participated in summer archaeological field school programs in Jordan, Israel and Italy
  • sat in on United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  • studied Food and Culture of the Aegean during a summer program in Greece and Turkey
  • worked in the recently renovated Anthropology Lab on campus to analyze ancient plants, human skeletal remains, and zooarchaeological artifacts
  • merged anthropological and marketing concepts with observational data of a local retail store to propose a marketing plan for improving sales
  • partnered with the City Historian’s Office on an oral history project
  • experienced Native American events, including treaty commemorations and art exhibits
  • interned at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, the Emily Knapp Museum in Brockport, Mary’s Place refugee outreach center, the Hillside Family of Agencies, AIDS Rochester, Oak Orchard Community Health Center, and government agencies like the New York State Office of Human Rights

 Check out some of the opportunities below:

  • Independent Study and Directed Senior Honors Thesis Projects
    • Department faculty work closely with students on research projects of mutual interest for independent study credit. Excelling students have the opportunity to pursue a senior honors project under faculty supervision.  Please contact any of the Department faculty for more information.
  • Museum Internship Program at the Emily L. Knapp Museum of Brockport History
    • Students work in varying projects of museology, including curation, registration, conservation, interpretation, exhibition, and museum management.  Please contact Dr. Keating or Dr. Ramsay for more information.
  • Ethnographic Research
    • Both in and outside the classroom, our majors are putting their "book" skills into practice.
  • Scholars Day
    • Every year Anthropology majors and minors present original works of analysis or research at this annual event.

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Last Updated 3/10/15


Professor Neal Keating participated in an Expert Meeting on peace sustainability at Columbia University on October 23, organized through the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, part of the Earth Institute at Columbia. The expert meeting was convened to discuss and examine the design of a new approach to modeling sustainable peace systems at local to global scales, that makes use of non-linear systems of causality that are grounded in temporalities of historical memory, future expectations, and the current existence of conflict resolution mechanisms and peace-promoting practices.

Dr. Zinni's book project, “A Palimpsest of Place: Technologies of Memory, Landscape, and Folklife in Western New York,” has been selected by the University of Illinois Press for the 2015 Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World workshop, a collaborative publishing initiative of the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in conjunction with the American Folklore Society and with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dr. Zinni was honored in 2015 faculty/staff recognition program by Office of Special Disabilities (OSD) for assisting and contributing to our students with disabilities.

Dr. Ramsay published an article: Ramsay, J.H. and Eger, A. 2015. Analysis of Archaeobotanical Material from the Tupras Field project of the Kinet Höyük Excavations. Journal of Islamic Archaeology 2 (1): 35-50.

Dr. Feldman was recently on the Coy Barefoot Show (two 30-minute radio shows) in May and June 2015:
The Coy Barefoot Show, 107.5 FM (Charlottesville, VA), 2015 (two 30-minute shows on “Same Sex Marriage” and “Baltimore, the Police, and African Americans”).


Please join us for our annual Fall/Halloween party in C-3 Cooper Hall on Friday, October 30, from 4 to 6 pm! There will be food and candy!
Cemetery Walk: Thursday, October 29, at 6:30 at the High Street Cemetery in Brockport, organized by the museum interns.1