Discovery in Anthropology


Our student body works in close, active collaboration with their anthropology professors.

Together, this team of learners conducts anthropology research projects that push the boundaries of knowledge and inquiry.

A mask and headdress.Researching Culture and Its Appropriation

Anthropology major Sally Shields has always wanted to make the world a better place for people who don’t share her privileges. At Whittier College, she found an opportunity to survey people’s experiences with cultural appropriation, such as certain types of Halloween costumes, and analyze their survey responses in a research project.

She hopes to build on that experience toward a possible future as a researcher. She is also considering using her anthropology knowledge to become a sensitivity trainer. Her degree can take her down many different career paths, but no matter what she chooses, she has the passion—and now, the skill—to use that position to help others.

“There are a lot of people who don’t have it as easy as I do, and I think it’s very important to recognize the privilege that you have and also use that to help others,” Sally said.

Research Opportunities

To learn more about fellowships, visit the Whittier College fellowships page. Fellowships often combine a scholarship (or stipend) with a mentored experience: faculty advisors for research and creative projects, or supervisors for internships.