• Why Anthropology

    • Anthropology is a social sciences major that explores human diversity in both the present and the past. The major emphasizes ethnographic fieldwork and description as a perspective and as a disposition towards understanding ways of life and human action taking place in our increasingly interconnected world.

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    • Our Students

    • Anthropology attracts a diverse set of students with a wide range of interests. Get to know them today!

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    • Our Faculty

    • Anthropology features a diverse faculty with expertise in a wide range of topics and regions. Get to know them today!

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    • Our Students' Experience

    • Our students engage with Anthropology outside the classroom through internships, study abroad, and involvement in student organizations. Check out these exciting opportunities!

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  • 27 September 2018

    Prof Zach Howlett is presenting a paper at the conference “Gender, Education, and Global Delays in Marriage,” organized by Nancy Smith-Hefner and Marcia Inhorn at the MacMillan Center of Yale University on September 27-29. The talk is entitled “Counterfeit Boyfriends and Ghost Brides: Education, Rural-to-Urban Migration, and Delayed Marriage in Contemporary China.” It showcases some of Prof Howlett’s new research on education, family, and gender.

  • 22 November 2017

    Prof. Marcia Inhorn’s new book is coming out: America’s Arab Refugees is a timely examination of the world’s worst refugee crisis since World War II. Tracing the history of Middle Eastern wars—especially the U.S. military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan—to the current refugee crisis, Marcia C. Inhorn examines how refugees fare once resettled in America.

  • 15 June 2017

    The last walk….

    preparing for ceremony…

    Anthro majors

    Graham Link: Barney Bate Award 2017

    Ronald Chen: Barney Bate Award 2017

    all the Yale-NUS 2017 Graduates…

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Latest Events

29 October 2018 (Mon) , 4:30pm-6pm
Rights Gone Wrong on Saigon’s Edge
Prof. Erik Harms is a Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at Yale-NUS and an Associate Professor of Anthropo...
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22 October 2018 (Mon) , 5pm
Mourning as Political Action: Hauntology and ghost...
Dr. Kristina Wirtz is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist in the Department of Spanish at Western Michigan Unive...
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30 October 2018 (Tue) , 6pm-8pm
International Migration Documentary Series: The La...
This film documents the everyday life of these migrants trapped in limbo, as well as the violence and constant mistre...
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9 October 2018 (Tue) , 6pm-8pm
International Migration Documentary Series: Sunday...
Beneath Hong Kong's glittering facade, Filipinas working as domestic helpers work in relative anonymity and for near ...
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    • Assistant Professor
    • Zachary Howlett
    What are the best reasons to study Anthropology at Yale-NUS?

    Anthropology has been described as the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities. Combining scientific rigor with humanistic imagination, anthropology embodies the best of what a liberal arts education has to offer. In the Anthropology major, you’ll learn valuable methods of analysis that will enable you to appreciate the full complexity of cultural phenomena. But you’ll also keep your eyes on the big picture, maintaining a truly expansive view of what it means to be human. In these ways, Anthropology provides great preparation for the professional and social challenges that you’ll face as leaders in the 21st century.

    • Assistant Professor
    • Neena Mahadev
    What is the disciplinary perspective of Anthropology?

    Anthropology is commonly introduced to students as a way of understanding cultural difference that involves “making the familiar strange, and the making the strange familiar.” To understand other ways of being, knowing, and doing, anthropologists work to challenge the assumptions of the social worlds we ordinarily inhabit, and become familiar with forms of social life that might otherwise appear as “irrational” or strange. This perspectivalism powerfully gives credence to other ways of being, knowing, doing, and aspiring.