The Program

About The Program

The Courses

The core of the program consists of topical courses that examine human life in relation to global debates about cultural identity formations, through language, religion, gender systems, racial categories, class dynamics, and popular culture. In addition, anthropology productively challenges dominant understandings about development and the environment. Comparative in scope, the discipline is concerned with how individuals and communities produce social and cultural meanings within a transcultural world created by an international division of labor, the wide proliferation and consumption of media, and the commodification of culture. Strengths of the faculty span across a wide variety of areas: Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; South and Southeast Asia; Australasia (the Pacific); and the United States.

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Students concentrating in anthropology can design a course of study in varied topical, areal, and theoretical orientations or pursue a more specialized program. Prior to Moderation students should have completed an introductory course and at least two 200-level courses in anthropology.  For courses cross-listed in anthropology, and primarily listed in another program, a maximum of one course may count toward Moderation requirements.  Before or after moderation students must complete a methodology class called 'Doing Ethnography' or th Archaeology methods course, depending on their senior project.  All students moderating into anthropology must have a 3.0 or above average in their anthropology courses. In consultation with their Moderation board, students shape their plan of study in the Upper College to include at least four additional courses in anthropology, at least two of which should be 300-level courses including Anthro 350 (Contemporary Cultural Theory) as well as the Senior Project. With this program, students will be more than adequately prepared for graduate study in anthropology or a related discipline.  The program highly encourages fieldwork as part of the Senior Project. Students intending to pursue postgraduate study or ethnographic research in a non-English speaking area are strongly encouraged to study a foreign language to at least the 200-level.

Affiliated Programs

Anthropology encourages and maintains crucial ties to other disciplines across campus. Many anthropology students complement their interests with courses that explore similar theoretical and topical themes in historical studies, religion, literature, political sciences, sociology, environmental studies, and history and philosophy of science, and the Human Rights Program. Anthropology students also enhance their study of identity formations with courses in gender and sexuality studies, Jewish studies, and the comparative and critical studies of race. Courses in African and African diaspora studies, Asian studies, and Latin American and Iberian studies provide students with increased historical and cultural depth in a particular area of the world.