A major and a minor are offered in Anthropology.

The Franklin Pierce Difference

Anthropology is the study of humans as both biological and cultural beings.  Anthropology students explore past societies through their material remains as well as present-day cultures using a wide variety of methodologies.  The Anthropology major at Franklin Pierce offers a combination of classroom study, fieldwork, and study abroad that helps students appreciate the richness and complexity of the human present and past.

Anthro Honor Students
Anthropology Honor Society, Lambda Alpha, induction luncheon.  From right to left, Danielle Turcotte,
Rebecca Nystrom, Dr. Picchi, Brian Kirn, Dr. Goodby, Kelsey Devlin, Nevena Teodosic, Rachel Tirrell,
and Kate Pontbriand.

The curriculum has strong cultural anthropological and archaeological emphases.  Cultural anthropologists describe, compare, and analyze cultures, while archaeologists study a society’s material remains, and, through them, the society’s culture. 

The department is oriented exclusively around undergraduate students.  Students experience dynamic teaching, experiential learning, archaeology excavations at local sites, and semester-long, study-abroad programs led by anthropology faculty.  Students explore the dimensions of their interest in cultural anthropology and archaeology while working with their advisors to design their own concentrations within the major.

Course Details

Students majoring in Anthropology may take courses leading to general competency in the field, or they may select specialized studies in Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Applied Anthropology.  Course selection is guided by a “major” professor who helps students choose relevant courses, which may include topics from other disciplines.

Anthropology majors interested in preparing for graduate school select a special Anthropology Honors curriculum developed with a faculty advisor in the department.  This curriculum is for students considering graduate education in anthropology as well as such areas as culture studies, museum studies, urban studies, law, medicine, public health, education, public archaeology, community resource development, international relations, market research, work with national and international development agencies, and other social services.

At Franklin Pierce, students become involved immediately in experiential learning whether it be in computer simulations of fieldwork in rural Mexico, in local archaeology excavations, or in conducting interviews in ongoing local medical anthropology research.

Want to know more?

Anthropology Program Sheet Download an Anthropology Program Sheet to view on screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.


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Get to Know Us

Kelsey Keegan ThesisKelsey Keegan '12 Thesis - "Voices behind the veil"
Anthropology BatchelderStudent Profile: Devin Batchelder ’11
Anthropology ChampagneStudent Profile: Kelsey Champagne ’13

Co-curricular Opportunities

  • Nevena Teodosic, class of 2015, working with sea turtle eggs in Mexico during the summer of 2014 at a field school.Turtle Eggs in Mexico

  • The student-run Anthropology Club hosts trips and events throughout the semester.

  • Franklin Pierce University senior Celine Rainville was interviewed by Archaeology magazine about her role as captain of the Hurling Ravens atlatl team. Read the story.

  • Parade magazine also featured a story on the atatl team. Read the story.

  • Franklin Pierce is home to New Hampshire's first chapter of Lambda Alpha, the National Anthropology Honor Society. Six students were inducted this year.

  • Students are supported in doing original research which is reviewed by the IRB – Institutional Research Board to protect the interests and well being of the living peoples we work with.

Student Success

  • In recent years, more than a dozen Franklin Pierce anthropology students have gone on to work as professional archeaologists immediately after graduation.
  • Students have completed a number of important internships including work in non-profit organizations such as Cultural Survival and The Invisible Children as well as with church groups settling Somalian refugees in the US.

  • Graduates who have chosen to further their education have been accepted to a range of excellent graduate schools including Columbia University, Florida State University and Tufts University.
  • Students have completed original research for theses.  For example, one senior recently completed a thesis that involved  examining the identity of Bosnian Americans and the problems they encountered when they returned to Bosnia. Another used data from a nearby archaeological excavation to explore the prehistoric lives of Native Americans living in southern New Hampshire.


bullet Dr. Robert Goodby, Associate Professor of Anthropology, was featured in the Boston Globe for his discovery of a centuries-old Native American Fort. Read the story.

bullet View Photo Galleries of Field Archaeology 2004 and 2002, and Atlatl throwing.

bullet Dr. Debra Picchi, Professor, returned from spending a semester in Vienna, Austria with anthropology and non-anthropology majors and is planning on taking a second group to Athens, Greece for a semester

bullet Dr. Robert Welsch, has completed 4th edition of a textbook reader (Taking Sides: Anthropology) published by Mcgraw Hill. He will complete two other textbooks (Introduction to Anthropology and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology) with the same publisher in 2010.