Anthropology Program at SUNY Plattsburgh

The World of Anthropology

Are you intrigued by scientific findings that give clues to human origins or evidence of earlier civilizations?

Are you interested in understanding and investigating the problems and issues confronting societies around the globe?

Do you believe that knowledge and appreciation of other peoples' beliefs and ways of life is relevant to you and your possible career?

Do you seek a clearer understanding of, and perspective on, American society and culture?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then an academic major or minor in anthropology may be the program for you.

The Anthropology Program at SUNY Plattsburgh Allows You To:

  • Explore the nature of human beings and their societies, both past and present, worldwide.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of at least one major world area and its cultures.
  • Critically analyze the basis of global problems and their possible solutions.
  • Understand and apply the methods and theories that inform our world views.
  • Actively participate in learning through internships, field courses, study abroad, and independent study, as well as traditional classroom experiences.
  • Gain a perspective that can be an asset to almost any conceivable career.

News

Photo of Haagen KlausAnthropology Alumnus Haagen Klaus Rescues History

Haagen Klaus sees dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. The bioarchaeologist — and assistant professor in both anthropology and biology at Utah Valley University — studies the excavated bodies of ancient Andeans in the Lambayeque Valley, Peru. Through the bones, teeth and other bits of evidence found at the South American site, Klaus has been able to uncover a wide range of data that shows how these people lived and died. Many were killed in ritual sacrifice a thousand years ago. Read more.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about anthropology at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Dr. Deborah Altamirano, Chair
Office: Redcay Hall 121
Phone: (518) 564-4010
Email: altamidr@plattsburgh.edu

Laura Collier
Department Secretary
Office: Redcay Hall 103
Phone: (518) 564-3003
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 398-4801
Email: laura.collier@plattsburgh.edu

How to Find Us

The Anthropology Department is on the first floor of Redcay Hall on Beekman Street. The department office and secretary is on the left side of the lobby, in room 103, as you enter the building from Beekman Street.