• 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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  • 14 March 2018

    Prof. Neena Mahadev is presenting a talk, “Is the New Politics Secular?” at the New Politics Conference at the Australia-India Institute in the University of Melbourne.

  • 04 June 2018

    Prof. Neena Mahadev is workshopping her paper “Migrant Conversions: Trans-regional Religiosity & the Politics of Religious Mobility” at the conference, “Social Categorization & Religiously Framed State-Making in Southeast Asia” in St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University.

  • 23 March 2019

    Prof. Zach Howlett will be presenting his paper “Counterfeit Boyfriends and Ghost Brides: Education, Rural-to-Urban Migration, and Delayed Marriage in Contemporary China” at the panel “Shifting Marriage Patterns in Asia: Love, Law, and the New Middle Class” for the Asian Studies Association Annual Conference in Denver, USA. 

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22 January 2019 (Tue) , 5-6 PM
The Challenge of Aesthetics: Art and Social Change...
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16 January 2019 (Wed) , 12:30 - 3:30PM
Ethnographic Writing Workshop
Professor Kirin Narayan Australia National University, Canberra, Australia [This event is only for Anthropology senio...
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31 January 2019 (Thu) , 5-6:30 PM
Disablement: Social Exclusion, Normative Values an...
Professor Lenore Manderson University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; and Brown University, Provide...
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17 January 2019 (Thu) , 12:30-2:00PM
Cave 10: Myth, Mystery, and the Artisans of Ellora
Professors Kirin Narayan & Ken George Australia National University, Canberra, Australia Ellora, Western India, i...
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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.