About Us

Welcome to the Department of Anthropology at William Paterson University. We are a relatively young department, established in 1993. In Spring 2005, we had over fifty majors and served close to one thousand students registered in basic or upper-level Anthropology courses. We value academic excellence and provide students with a strong supportive environment.

Discipline and Curriculum

Anthropology is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of human nature. It takes the broadest view of what it means to be human, integrating the study of biology and culture. With its global perspective and holistic approach, anthropology not only provides a solid Liberal Arts education, but prepares students for a wide range of jobs and careers. A major in anthropology allows students to develop a special awareness of ethnic and cultural differences and equips them with a variety of methods to address basic human concerns. Such training provides a strong background for careers including advertising, business, criminology, education, government and international service, journalism, public health, and psychology, in addition to preparing students for graduate studies. The interdisciplinary nature of anthropology also makes it an ideal minor for students in other programs who seek an appreciation of different cultural perspectives in this age of global economics.

The anthropology major gives students the flexibility to tailor a curriculum to fit their individual career goals and to prepare them for other specialty areas. An emphasis on 'applied anthropology' is available to students who wish to examine specific problems related to modern human societies. The focus is on developing an understanding of existing cultural issues in a global context and identifying potential solutions. Students who choose an applied emphasis will be encouraged by advisement to elect particular courses in other disciplines or to pursue a double major. Independent studies and internships in archaeology, physical anthropology, and cultural anthropology provide students with opportunities to develop specialized knowledge in a major area of anthropological interest.


Office and Contact Persons

The Anthropology offices are located on the 5th floor of the Science Hall, East. Our main office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

5017 Science Hall, East, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone: 973-720-2433
Fax: 973-720-3631

The Department's student assistant, Ms. Meredith Fazzone and the Chair, Dr.Maria Villar are your most important contacts. Do not hesitate to contact them if you have questions, problems or concerns related to the Department.