The anthropology major consists of ten courses: ANT 100 (Social Anthropology); ANT 102 (Introduction to Archaeology); ANT 200 (Theory in Anthropology); one culture area course; two 300-level seminars; three electives; and ANT 410 (Anthropological Methods) or ANT 411 (Methods in Archaeology). We encourage our majors to expand the projects begun in their Methods courses (410 and 411) into full-scale Independent Studies projects based upon original field research. Students should discuss research opportunities with their departmental advisers prior to the spring semester of junior year. The anthropology department believes that a combination of theory, methods, and hands-on experience yields the most well-rounded graduates.
A minor in Anthropology consists of six courses in the department: 100, 102, one culture-area course, one 300-level course, and two electives. We recommend that ANT 200 (Theory) be one of the electives.
The department offers introductory courses in the major sub-fields of anthropology, culture area courses on specific ethnographic regions, topical courses on diverse anthropological subjects, and advanced theoretical seminars. In most years, we offer one or two special "topics" courses on important contemporary subjects and at least one first-year seminar. Some anthropology courses are cross-listed with Africana Studies, American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, Religious Studies, and Science, Technology, and Society, and members of the department actively participate in those interdisciplinary programs as well as the college's general education Foundations program. We encourage majors to take courses in related disciplines depending upon the individual student's interests. Anthropology majors pursue courses in biology, geology, sociology, economics, history, government, art, linguistics, foreign languages, and philosophy.
The department prides itself on having small upper-level classes, personalized attention to students, and a strong interest in encouraging and facilitating original undergraduate research. The Anthropology Club is an organization of majors and minors that sponsors films, speakers, and special events, and publishes a student journal called The Kituhwan. The department maintains a close relationship with the North Museum, a natural historical collection located on the F&M campus. The Shadek-Fackenthal Library and the Martin Library of the Sciences have excellent collections on anthropological subjects.