Chair: Thomas Porcello;
Professors: Colleen Ballerino Cohena, Martha Kaplan, Thomas Porcello, David Tavárez;
Associate Professors: April M. Beisaw, Candice M. Lowe Swift;
Assistant Professors: Zachary Cofran;
Visiting Assistant Professor: Louis Philippe Römer.
a On leave 2019/20, first semester
b On leave 2019/20, second semester
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.
Correlate Sequence in Anthropology
Anthropology: I. Introductory
Anthropology: II. Intermediate
- • ANTH 201 - Anthropological Theory
- • ANTH 210 - The Dead
- • ANTH 211 - Virtual Anthropology
- • ANTH 212 - Ethnographic Understanding
- • ANTH 213 - Indigenous Environmental Activism
- • ANTH 231 - Topics in Archaeology
- • ANTH 232 - Topics in Biological Anthropology
- • ANTH 235 - Area Studies in Archaeology
- • ANTH 240 - Cultural Localities
- • ANTH 241 - The Caribbean
- • ANTH 243 - Mesoamerican Worlds
- • ANTH 244 - Indian Ocean
- • ANTH 245 - The Ethnographer’s Craft
- • ANTH 247 - Modern Social Theory: Classical Traditions
- • ANTH 250 - Language, Culture, and Society
- • ANTH 255 - Language, Gender, and Media
- • ANTH 259 - Soundscapes: Anthropology of Music
- • ANTH 260 - Current Themes in Anthropological Theory and Method
- • ANTH 262 - Anthropological Approaches to Myth, Ritual and Symbol
- • ANTH 263 - Anthropology Goes to the Movies: Film, Video, and Ethnography
- • ANTH 266 - Indigenous and Oppositional Media
- • ANTH 268 - Religion, Repression, and Resistance in Latin America
- • ANTH 281 - Museums, Collections, and Ethics
- • ANTH 290 - Community-Engaged Learning
- • ANTH 298 - Independent Work
Anthropology: III. Advanced