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Department of Anthropology

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Why study anthropology?

Because anthropology explains the diversity of humanity.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate course work in anthropology is designed for students majoring in anthropology as part of a liberal education, for students majoring in anthropology as preparation for postgraduate professional training, and for students in other areas who wish to do supplementary work in anthropology.

Courses for Nonmajors

Most courses are open to nonmajors and, depending on the course, can be used to meet College principal course distribution requirements in natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities. The department offers many courses that fulfill the non-Western culture requirement. ANTH 100 General Anthropology and ANTH 160/ANTH 360 The Varieties of Human Experience are recommended for students interested in anthropology who do not intend to major in it.

Graduate Programs

The graduate program consists of 21 faculty members and about 80 students, giving a professor-student ratio of about one to four and allowing a great deal of direct interaction between faculty and students. The department awards M.A. and Ph.D. degrees and has successfully placed most recipients of graduate degrees in professional positions.

The department offers graduate training in archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and social/cultural anthropology. It has expertise in applied anthropology, anthropological genetics, molecular genetics, evolutionary studies, language contact and endangerment, medical anthropology, paleoanthropology, symbolic anthropology, visual anthropology, New World and Old World prehistory, and geoarchaeology. Geographic strengths include Asia, Europe, Latin America, Native North America, the Pacific, SubSaharan Africa, and the contemporary United States

The department is closely associated with the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology and the Center for Archaeological Research.

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