Anthropology

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Olivia Stalcup ‘10anth2-olivia
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Anthropology/ History

Favorite and least favorite thing about department:

I find the professors extremely engaging and very approachable. If a student has a question and the professor is unsure of the answer, he/she will simply redirect the student to another colleague who has more expertise in the field. The opportunities for research are abundant and the FSP is an awesome chance to study with an indigenous culture (New Zealand Maori). Classes are typically small and cover a wide variety of topics. I would like to see more professors in the department to add to the ever evolving study of modern anthropology.

Important info for potential majors:

Don’t be afraid to take your first course at a higher level. Intro courses are not required as prerequisites and can sometimes be skipped altogether. Definitely take a variety of courses among biological, cultural, archaeological, and ethnography before deciding on a concentration.

Talk to me if:

You would like to know more about Prehispanic Mesoamerica, the FSP to New Zealand, or how to chose your first anthro course. Most valuable academic info learned: Meeting with a professor during office hours or after class and discussing questions you have regarding lecture or the readings is the best way to display that you do in fact have an interest in the class. Showing up zombie fashion to every class does not count.

Favorite class and professor:

What a tough question! My favorite professor is Deb Nichols. She is a phenomenal, effective lecturer and clearly loves her field of interest (Mesoamerica). As for favorite class, I would say Professor Endicott’s ANTH 38: Oceania. I was surprised at my lack of knowledge of the Pacific Islands and their settlement. This was my first cultural class and the professor brought in an interesting assortment of artifacts for the class to peruse.

Major classes taken:

ANTH 8, 22, 38, 51, 52, 54, 85(x2)

Major journey:

I stumbled upon my major as a confused freshman with academic A.D.D. I love every class I take and find all departments interesting (a true nerd at heart). I took one class with Professor Nichols and from then on it was anthropology all the way.

Major specific activities:

Research assistant -3 terms, departmental assistant Summer 08X, TA for Anthropology 1

Thesis status:

Intended

Other activities:

Alpha Xi Delta (Houseman and Marshall) Dartmouth Women’s’ Rugby Club (Equipment Manager), Students Fighting Hunger, Dartmouth Animal Welfare Group, Women in Business, Admissions Intern

Off Campus Program:

Teotihuacan Mexico trip (with Professor Deborah Nichols, French LSA Lyon, France W08, Anthropology FSP Auckland New Zealand W09

Internship experience:

Anthropology Lab research assistant 07S,07X, 07F, Dartmouth College Fund GreenCorp$ caller 07F, Dartmouth Admissions Office Intern 08X, Anthropology Department Assistant 08X

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Rachael Kandath ‘10ANTH-RachaelKandath
F09-S10 D-plan:  R-R-R
Double major in Anthropology and Biology
Pre-Med

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

I love how small and welcoming the department is – every professor I’ve had, even for larger classes, remembers my name and asks how I’m doing when I’m around 4th floor Silsby. The department administrator, Thérèse, is amazing and sends the Anthro majors lots of reminders about class signups or interesting talks to go to. Unfortunately I think the Anthro department doesn’t get as much publicity as some of the larger departments, so a lot of students don’t know how much it has to offer.

Important info for potential majors:

Anthro complements a lot of other fields (history, biology, linguistics…pretty much anything), so it’s a great option for a double or modified major if you already have another subject you’re really interested in.

Talk to me if:

you’re most interested in Biological Anthropology, or a double major in Bio and Anthro

Most valuable academic info learned:

It’s easy to fulfill the major requirements without too much planning (the way I did), but if you might be interested in the FSP you should start earlier to get a feel for the major and the department. By the time I decided I wanted to major in Anthropology, it was too late to go on the FSP while fulfilling all the requirements for med school and my Bio major.

Favorite class and professor:

So far, my favorite class has been Anthro 43 (Human Osteology) with professor Muldoon because we got to work with actual human bones – so cool!! Professor Muldoon’s enthusiasm for the topic was infectious, and she arranged ‘field trips’ to the Anatomy Lab at Dartmouth Medical School to see dissections of the human arm and brain (so we could see how the bones function with the rest of the body).

Major classes taken:

Anthro major:  ANTH 1, 6, 14, 43, 45
Bio major: BIOL 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 24, 28, 40

Major journey:

I came to Dartmouth as a pre-med and a Bio major, and discovered the Anthro department my freshman Spring after taking a class that sounded interesting. After taking Anthro 1 my sophomore Fall, I was completely hooked and decided to make Anthro my second major.

Major-specific activities:

Research, thesis project

Thesis status:

Intended project (Summer 09) involving dissection of primate facial expression muscles, to determine if these muscles can predict levels of facial mobility in primates (and vice versa).
Advisors: Professor Dobson and Professor Muldoon

Other activities:

PE Tennis Instructor; Dartmouth EMS – applying for EMT license in NH; Alpha Phi; Club Tennis; Nathan Smith Society; Dance for a Dream

Internship experience:

Presidential Scholar (Research Assistant), Professor Muldoon/Anthropology Dept., 08F-09W
Research Assistant, Professor Dobson/Anthropology Dept., 08X-08F

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Sarah Klassen ‘10ANTH-SarahKlassen
F09-S10 D-plan:  R-R-R
Anthropology and Religion major

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

One of my favorite things about the department is the faculty.  They are very approachable and genuinely interested in you.  They are more than willing to help and give advice about internships, research and classes.  One of my least favorite things about the department is its small size and limited choice of classes.  I know the department is actively trying to hire more people to increase the course selection.

Important info for potential majors:

I think it’s important for potential majors to explore all the different subject areas.  The best way to do this is by taking the four required courses at the beginning.  You may find out that you like a particular branch of anthropology more than you initially thought!

Talk to me if:

You are interested in research or writing a thesis.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Get to know the professors!  They are all extremely intelligent individuals and can provide a lot of insight.

Favorite class and professor:

My favorite class was Hunters and Gatherers with Kirk Endicott.  Professor Endicott was an inspiration and the structure of the class facilitated a higher level of learning.  I became very interested in a topic that upon entering the class I viewed as just a requirement.  This class challenged me to think like an anthropologist.  A close second was Human Osteology with Kathleen Muldoon.  It was challenging but I learned a lot AND we got to work hands-on with the bones.

Major classes taken:

3; 20; 21; 23; 24; 43; 47

Major journey:

I originally thought I was going to be a history major.  After further investigation I realized that a lot of interesting ‘history/archaeology’ courses were in the anthropology department.  After taking a few classes I realized that I wanted to be an anthro major.

Major-specific activities:

Research

Thesis status:

I’m writing a thesis next year about the validity of surface survey in comparison to subsurface deposits.  The research portion will take place this summer on Roatán Island, Honduras.  My professors have been very helpful and an amazing resource throughout the whole proposal phase.

Other activities:

Varsity Track and Field Team; Big Green Readers; Delta Delta Delta; Panhell Representative

Off-campus program:

Religion FSP in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Internship experience:

Westwind Partners, Investment banking intern, Summer 2007, Toronto, ON.
Smithsonian, Intern, Summer 2008, Washington DC