Computer Science and Anthropology



Computer Science + Anthropology 

Understanding and analyzing the interface between culture and technology has never been more important. 

How do we analyze memes, emojis, and language on social media? How does culture shape technology and technology shape culture? Does technology bridge inequalities or make them even wider? Anthropologists use computational tools and algorithms to analyze substantial amounts of data, gathered from a field site or by studying online social communities and social networks, to consider these questions.  

Through this work, anthropologists consider the humanity within technology. 

In computer science + anthropology, students will gain the knowledge necessary to use computer, social, and behavioral sciences within larger cultural questions of globalization, community, security, the ethics of privacy, social transformation, and social justice. This program prepares students for specializations in biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, computational anthropology, and archeology as well as CS-related work in social media, UX design, user experience research, product management, and online communities. 


Here's what CS + ANTH majors had to say about the program:

Interview with Austin Sun, CS+Anthro graduating senior (2020)

"Computer Science helps me to understand the mechanics of space, and Anthropology helps me to understand what human do in those spaces."

"I'm excited about the unexpected merging of CS +ANTH. I didn't realize all the possibilities. From realizing past worlds through satellite images to studying, I've been able to use computers to understand how communities form and maintain themselves."

Degree Requirements

Requirements and plan of study flowchart


For more information, contact Anthropology Academic Advisor