Basic Structure of the Department
- The Anthropology department offers Major and a Minor in Anthropology and a Minor in the Anthropology of Global Health. Anthropology can also be part of a modified major.
- Courses generally represent one of three sub-disciplines within the field: archaeology, sociocultural anthropology (including anthropological linguistics), and biological anthropology. Students must complete coursework in all three sub-disciplines for the major.
- Archaeology is the scientific study of past human behavior and societies from material remains, ranging from human ancestors 2.5 million years ago to recent times.
- Socio-cultural Anthropology treats contemporary and recent societies, comparing forms of technology and material culture, social organization, economies, political and legal system, ideologies, and religions.
- Biological Anthropology is rooted in the organic expression of human evolution, and combines evidence from genetics, primate behavior, and the fossil record to document and explain our emergence from earlier forms, ongoing evolution, and diversity.Anthropology and the Linguistics program jointly sponsor a Foreign Study Program in New Zealand in the winter term. Prerequisites include TWO courses in anthropology, or for linguistics students LING 1 (Intro to Linguistics, offered in the fall and spring terms), and one other linguistics course in the 20s. Visit the Off-Campus Programs office at 44 North College St. for more information.
The Anthropology department offers an array of introductory courses, including:
- ANTH 1: Introduction to Anthropology
- ANTH 3: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- ANTH 4: Peoples and Cultures of Native North America
- ANTH 5: Reconstructing the Past: Introduction to Archaeology
- ANTH 6: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
- ANTH 8: The Rise and Fall of Prehistoric Civilizations
- ANTH 9: Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
- ANTH 11: Ancient Native Americans
- ANTH 14: Death and Dying
- ANTH 15: Political Anthropology
- ANTH 17: The Anthropology of Health and Illness
- ANTH 19: Islam: An Anthropological Approach
- ANTH 20: Lemurs, Monkeys, and Apes
- ANTH 21: The Aztecs
- ANTH 22: Olmecs, Mayas and Toltects: Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica
- ANTH 23: The Incas
Information for the First-Year Student Who Plans on Pursuing Studies in Anthropology
- Any of the courses listed above are suitable for first-year students interested in further study of anthropology.
- The 16 introductory courses listed above cover the three sub-fields and linguistic anthropology.
- ANTH 1 or 3 is a requirement of the major. Students must complete course work in all three sub-fields (archaeology, socio-cultural anthropology [including anthropological linguistics], and biological anthropology). Consult the ORC for other courses that fall into these categories.
Current Enrollments, Class Size, and Distributives
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