Anthropology students are equipped with intellectual and practical tools to engage with diverse populations and to appreciate the importance of intercultural communication. This is a holistic and comparative approach to understanding the human condition – i.e. from a cultural, biological, linguistic and archaeological perspective.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and provide examples of key anthropological tenets.
  • Explain how culture shapes perceptions of and assumptions about the world.
  • Utilize ethnographic research methods.
  • Evaluate the ethical ramifications of anthropological research.
  • Articulate information in coherent and organized ways.
  • Synthesize multiple perspectives to offer a balanced and critical assessment of contemporary issues and world problems.

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Jacqueline Clark

Clark, Jacqueline

Professor of Sociology

Ursula Dalinghaus

Dalinghaus, Ursula M.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Marc Eaton

Eaton, Marc

Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Department


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers. Our collaboration with Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Likewise, Mentors in the Franzen Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon


Requirements for a major in anthropology (32 credits):

Required (16 credits): ANT 110 or SOC 110, ANT 215, SOC 315, ANT 502. Eight other credits in anthropology at the 200 level or higher. Eight additional credits in sociology at the 200 level or higher, to be selected from SOC 201, 204, 210 (Consumer Culture or Sociology of the Paranormal), 301, 303 or 309.

Requirements for a minor in anthropology (20 credits): ANT 110 and 215 and 12 other credits in anthropology.

Career Tracks

A demonstrated anthropological emphasis indicates a commitment to diversity and intercultural communication. Anthropology offers exciting career opportunities in travel, social justice and working with people, and is fundamental to a well-rounded teaching degree in broadfield social studies certification. A degree in anthropology can lead to careers in research, teaching in university and museum settings, government, business, law, medicine and social services.

Recent graduates have gone on to graduate school programs in archaeology, cultural anthropology, public policy, public health, Native American studies and museum studies.

Unique Opportunities

  • Through the Department of Educational Studies, certification in sociology and in broadfield social studies are available for early adolescence/adolescence (grades 6-12)