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  Nov 25, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018

Anthropology Department


Chair: 2016/17 Candice M. Lowe Swift,

            2017/18 Thomas Porcello;

Professors: Colleen Ballerino Cohen, Martha Kaplanb, Thomas Porcello, David Tavárezab;

Associate Professor: Candice M. Lowe Swift;

Assistant Professors: April M. Beisaw, Zachary Cofran;

Visiting Assistant Professor:  Louis Philippe Römer;

Adjunct Professor: Lucille Lewis Johnson;

Post-doctoral Fellow:  Xiaobo Yuan.

b On leave 2017/18, second semester

ab On leave 2017/18

The field of anthropology seeks to promote a holistic understanding of social life by offering complex accounts of human histories, societies and cultures. Anthropologists undertake ethnographic, archival, and archaeological research on the varied aspects of individual and collective experience in all time periods and parts of the world. The Department of Anthropology offers a wide range of options for majors and for nonmajors in recognition of the broad interdisciplinary nature of the field. Nonmajors from all classes may choose courses at any level 
with permission of the instructor and without introductory anthropology as a prerequisite.

NRO: One introductory course taken NRO may count towards the major if a letter grade is received. If a student receives a PA for an introductory course taken under the NRO option, that student must complete 13 courses for an anthropology major. No other required courses for the major may be taken NRO.

Recommendations: The field experience is essential to the discipline of anthropology. Therefore, majors are urged to take at least one fieldwork course, to engage in field research during the summer, and/or to undertake independent fieldwork under a study away program.

Anthropological Research Experience: The department also offers students the opportunity for independent fieldwork/research projects through several of its courses and in conjunction with on-going faculty research projects. Opportunities for laboratory research, which is also critical to anthropological inquiry, are available in our archaeology, biological anthropology, sound analysis, and digital video editing labs.

Advisers: The department.

Programs

    MajorCorrelate Sequence in Anthropology

    Courses

      Anthropology: I. IntroductoryAnthropology: II. IntermediateAnthropology: III. Advanced