• 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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  • 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

19 April 2018 (Thu) , 5:30pm
Global Mental Health and Aging in Asia: Challenges...
A talk with Dr. Arthur Kleinman, the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropolo...
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8 March 2018 (Thu) , 12pm-1:30pm
Tales of Two Cities: Legislating Pregnancy and Mar...
Based on archival and ethnographic research, in this talk Prof. Nicole Constable (Dept. of Anthropology, University o...
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6 March 2018 (Tue) , 12pm-1pm, 6pm-7pm
Major Fair
Come speak to faculty members from the 14 majors on your choices and opportunities!
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8 March 2018 (Thu) , 6pm
Globalization Documentary Series: Bombay Calling
This documentary looks at the burgeoning call center industry in India and how it requires Indian workers to take on ...
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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 really 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.