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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

College of Liberal Arts


Anthropology (ANTH)


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Chairperson: Stephen P. Reyna
Professor: Joe L.P. Lugalla, Stephen P. Reyna, Nina Glick Schiller
Associate Professor: Justus M. Ogembo, Robin E. Sheriff, Deborah Winslow
Assistant Professor: Meghan C.L. Howey, William A. Saturno
Lecturer: Veronica Davidov, Todd J. French, Teresa P. Raczek

Anthropology asks the question: What does it mean to be human? We answer this fundamental query with a global perspective on the human condition as students explore both the similarity and diversity of human experience. Through courses that cover a wide range of societies throughout the world, we investigate the human condition, past and present. Introductory courses provide an overview of the fields of anthropology: social and cultural anthropology, archeology, physical anthropology and linguistics. More advanced courses provide the opportunity for students to pursue intensive study of particular topics in cross-cultural perspective. The department emphasizes critical thinking and writing skills and encourages close faculty/student contact in seminar courses and at the upper level. Students, in consultation with their academic adviser, have the opportunity to take courses in other departments that complement specific foci in anthropology.

At this time of increasing globalization, anthropology provides students with a broad overview of diverse peoples and cultures. Majors are therefore well-prepared to live in a rapidly changing world. The major both prepares students for graduate-level studies and serves as a foundation for a wide range of careers. With backgrounds in anthropology, our students become teachers, social workers, public policy experts, forensic investigators, health practitioners, primatologists, international business executives, and community and economic development specialists, as well as pursuing various other careers.

Majors must complete a minimum of 40 credits in anthropology with grades of C or better and in accordance with the following requirements:
ANTH 412 or 415
ANTH 511
ANTH 701
ANTH 702

2 additional courses numbered below 599 (of which 1 must focus on a specific geographical area)

4 additional courses numbered 600 or above (of which 2 must be in designated seminar format, one seminar at the 700-level)

ANTH 411 may not be applied toward the requirements for the major.

American Sign Language may not be applied toward the foreign language requirement.

Honors in major and senior thesis options are available.

Students who declare a major in anthropology are expected to make steady progress towards fulfillment of major requirements. Normally, this means taking at least one anthropology course per semester until all of the requirements have been met. A student who has fulfilled most of the major requirements may request an exception to this policy from their adviser.

Students wishing to major in anthropology should consult with the anthropology chairperson.

The anthropology minor consists of 20 credits in anthropology courses with a C or better at least one of which must be numbered above 600.

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