Since the 1880s, when the GW Anthropology Department began granting degrees, hundreds of students have graduated from our program. We now offer three undergraduate degrees, an M.A. degree, and a Ph.D. Our sister program in Human Paleobiology offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Our graduates have gone on to success in many areas, including higher education, government work, museums, and the private sector. They have received many awards and honors, and we are proud of their accomplishments.

Alumni Generosity

Anthropology enjoys a high level of alumni support. Among our leading donors have been the late Philip Amsterdam (B.A. 1962), who financed the renovation of two of our townhouses, and Jane B. Hart (B.A. 1970), creator of the Hart Endowment.

A list of donors who have contributed since January, 2014, is found here.

If you wish to make a gift online, please visit and designate “Anthropology” in the “Other” box where you state the purpose of your contribution. 

What Our Alumni Do

Many Anthropology B.A. graduates have found professional employment using their B.A. degree. For example, one B.A. graduate who double-majored in journalism is a news producer for a major newspaper; another operates a photography studio; a third is vice president of an asset management firm. However, those committed to the field of anthropology commonly pursue another degree. The number of B.A. and M.A. graduates going on for a Ph.D. is increasing, particularly for Ph.D's in anthropology. Besides advanced degrees in anthropology, our alumni have earned the M.B.A., M.P.A., M.P.H., and M.S.W. degrees, and M.A. degrees in education, media management, counseling, land use planning,  and geography, among others.

Graduates with a B.A. in Archaeology or a B.S. in Biological Anthropology naturally tend to find employment in those areas.

Examples of alumni working in archaeology and historic preservation

Biological Anthropology B.S. alumni can be found in several entries below, especially those in the health professions. 

Graduates from our professional M.A. concentration (Museum Training, International Development, and Medical Anthropology) are prepared for jobs in related fields. (GW's Anthropology Ph.D. program was created in 2011 and does not yet have alumni). Several B.A. and M.A. graduates earned doctorates and are employed as college instructors and researchers.

Alumni with museum positions include collections and laboratory managers; alumni with academic careers hold tenured or tenure-track positions at numerous institutions in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Examples of alumni working in museums and libraries

Examples of alumni doing college teaching and research

Examples of alumni in non-college education careers

Many of our alumni have careers in a great variety of nonprofit groups and government agencies. This is common for those with an M.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in International Development.

Examples of alumni working in human rights, social justice, and community development

Examples of alumni in international development

Examples of alumni in social services

Examples of alumni in non-profit administration

A significant number of our graduates go into the health professions. Several alumni have earned an M.D. and at least one has a B.Ac. degree from the College of Chinese Acupuncture in the UK. Other graduates have received degrees such as Dr. of Osteopathy, Dr. of Epidemiology, and several Masters of Public Health. The B.S. in Biological Anthropology is a strong track for pre-medical students, with several graduates in medical school or in practice. Others have advanced degrees in forensic anthropology or related fields.

Examples of alumni working in medicine, psychiatry, and dentistry

Examples of alumni working in public health

Examples of alumni working in forensic anthropology

Quite a few of our alumni have pursued careers in the law.

Examples of alumni working in law or law enforcement

Others work in information technology and various other fields.

Examples of alumni in information technology and the Internet

Examples of alumni in journalism, publishing, and film

Examples of alumni in natural resources and agriculture

Examples of alumni in art and performance

Many alumni have gone on to earn honors and awards in their academic careers and in professional undertakings. Several are related to holding public office; for example, one alumnus was awarded the Secretary of the Interior's Point of Light Award and another was given the White House Quality and Management Improvement Award. Many have been awarded research grants and fellowships from such institutions as the National Cancer Institute and the Department of Homeland Security. Others have served as chairs for organizations including the City of Miami Beach Bureau of Children's Affairs and Hispanic Parity Task Force, the Washington Academy of Sciences, and the Physical Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Hominid Paleobiology

Alumni of our sister program in Hominid Paleobiology (now Human Paleobiology) have a distinguished record of success in academic and research institutions.


More information

Much alumni news is featured in our department newsletter, starting on p. 24.

Catch up on alumni news and events in GW's monthly alumni e-newsletter, the Colonial Cable.

You can also read about the Columbian College's prominent alumni and more on the GW alumni website.

Alumni Community

To keep up with Anthropology alumni and with what is happening in the Department, join GW's online alumni community. Register as an Anthropology or Archaeology alumna or alumnus. Also visit the GW Anthropology News Blog and the "GW Anthros" Facebook page.

GW Anthropology Blog

GW Anthropology Blog

Read the department's blog to learn about events, research, and alumni news.