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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18


Chair: John M. Watanabe

Professors: N. J. Dominy, S. A. Kan, D. L. Nichols; Associate Professors: J. Casana, S. R. Craig, J. M. DeSilva, L. A. Ogden, J. M. Watanabe; Assistant Professor: C. Kivland, Z. Thayer; Research Assistant Professor: E. Carpenter-Song; Senior Lecturers: K. Bauer, S. Billings; Lecturers: W. Fitzhugh, B. Frohlich; The Robert A. 1925 and Catherine L. McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow: J. Dobereiner; Emeritus Professors: H. Alverson, D. F. Eickelman, K. Endicott; Emeritus Associate Professor: K. Korey

Contact the Department Administrator, Joe Cadoret, for further information.

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Requirements for the Major

The Major in Anthropology comprises ten courses, to be selected as follows:


  1. An introductory course: ANTH 01 - Introduction to Anthropology or ANTH 03 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
  2. One course from each of the following three subject areas: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology.
  3. Any five additional courses from the department's offerings.
  4. A Culminating Experience Seminar, which is designated by course numbers in the 70s, (e.g. 72, 73, 74, 75, 76). Seminars are usually offered in fall and spring terms.

Statistics: All anthropology majors are encouraged to take a course in statistics. Students who plan to undertake independent research, especially in archaeology and biological anthropology, and any student considering attending graduate school in anthropology or related fields should take at least one statistics course: e.g., GOVT 10, QSS 15, PSYC 10, SOCY 10.


Concentrations: Anthropology majors may choose to concentrate in one or more subfields of anthropology by taking at least four courses in: archaeology, biological anthropology, or cultural anthropology.

Archaeology is the scientific study of past human behavior and societies from material remains of the earliest human ancestors to recent times. Students interested in graduate studies in archaeology should take a statistics course and have fieldwork experience that can be gained by enrolling in an archaeological field school for transfer credit.

Biological anthropology is the study of human biological variation and evolution. Biological anthropologists seek to document and explain the patterning of biological variation among contemporary human populations, trace the evolution of our lineage through time in the fossil record, and provide a comparative perspective on human uniqueness by placing our species in the context of other living primates. Students concentrating in biological anthropology are advised to take a course in statistics, as well as one or more advanced courses in biological sciences.

Cultural anthropology addresses broad questions about what it means to be human in contemporary societies and cultures, as well as those of the recent past. Cultural anthropologists systematically explore topics such as technology and material culture, social organization, economies, political and legal systems, language, ideologies and religions, health and illness, and social change. Students concentrating in cultural anthropology are strongly advised to take the course in ethnographic research methods, ANTH 18. Students planning on graduate studies in cultural anthropology or related fields are advised to take Main Currents in Anthropology, ANTH 73.

Under special circumstances, students may petition the Anthropology faculty to substitute a course from another department or program to count for the Anthropology major. The petition should be submitted to the Chair, along with a copy of the syllabus for the substitute course and a list of the student’s major courses. The petition must be approved by a vote of the Anthropology Department faculty.

Modified Major:
The Modified Major consists of seven courses in anthropology plus four courses above the prerequisite level in one or more other department(s) or program(s). Of the anthropology courses, one must be ANTH 01 or ANTH 03 and another must be a culminating experience - ANTH 72, 73, 74, 75, or 76. Students wishing to modify their Anthropology major must submit a written rationale that makes clear the coherence and purpose of their modified major. This rationale must be reviewed by, and can be approved by, any faculty in the anthropology department, and must also be submitted to the Registrar.


Minors in Anthropology

The Minor in Anthropology comprises six courses, as follows:

  1. An introductory course: ANTH 01 - Introduction to Anthropology or ANTH 03 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
  2. One course from each of the following three subject areas: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology. The subjects are indicated as ARCH, BIOL, or CULT following each course description.
  3. Any two additional courses from the department's offerings.

The Anthropology Minor in Global Health consists of six courses, as follows:

  1. An introductory course: ANTH 01 - Introduction to Anthropology or ANTH 03 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
  2. At least one course from each of the following five core approaches to the study of global health:
  • Biological Approaches - ANTH 06, 12.18, 20, 40, 41, 43, 70 or courses outside of ANTH such as the infectious disease section of BIOL 11
  • Cultural Approaches - ANTH 04, 09, 12.01, 14, 27, 31, 36, 37, 47, 48, 51, 58, 65
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches - ANTH 12.03, 50.02, 50.17, 62 or an additional ANTH course that stretches your exposure to the discipline and aligns with your interest in global health or a course outside of ANTH such as SOCY 34, 35, 65; GEOG 02, 06, 56; HIST 08.01, 36; ENGS 06, 12; PBPL 26
  • Methodological Approaches - ANTH 18 or another qualitative methods course such as SOCY 11, GEOG 11; a statistics course such as PSYC 10 or SOCY 10; or a course that explores research methods applicable to global health problems such as GEOG 56, ENGS 12, MATH 04
  • Social Studies of Medicine, Health and Disease - ANTH 07.02, 17, 45, 55, 60 or courses outside of ANTH such as SOCY 34, 35, 65; GEOG 02; HIST 08.01, 36

Four of the six courses for the minor must be taken within the Anthropology department. Some courses can satisfy more than one requirement, but students cannot use the same course to satisfy more than one requirement. Students wishing to substitute courses not listed above should petition the Anthropology Department in writing in consultation with a department faculty member. The Global Health Minor can be pursued simultaneously with the Dickey Center's Certificate in Global Health.

Honors Program

Students applying to the honors program must meet the minimum college requirements of a 3.0 grade point average and a 3.3 grade point average in the major. By the end of the third term preceding their graduation, applicants will ordinarily have completed, with a minimum grade of A–, a preparatory reading course (ANTH 85) and will have submitted an honors thesis proposal for work to be supervised by a primary faculty advisor. Admission to the program is by vote of the department faculty, which may appoint one or more secondary advisors.

Students admitted to the honors program must enroll in ANTH 88, in addition to the ten courses ordinarily required in the standard major or eleven courses in the case of a modified major. The honors project, which culminates in a substantial independent thesis, will be submitted to the primary advisor at least four weeks prior to graduation. Those students completing the program with a grade of A– or higher in their honors course will receive honors recognition in the major. High honors may be awarded by faculty vote for truly exceptional work.