The study of Anthropology leads to knowledge about the world's cultural and social diversity in the past and in the present, as well as the ability to view our own culture critically.
Anthropology students should be exposed to both this type of global knowledge and to this critical ability in every class.
Anthropology requires active engagement with diverse theoretical positions in relation to the world's cultural and social diversity.
All Anthropology classes and professors attempt to foster this theoretical engagement through our syllabi, lectures, writing assignments, and class discussions.
Anthropology requires students to engage in the practice of generating knowledge and data about the world's cultural and social diversity in the past and present.
All Anthropology professors take this requirement seriously, asking our students to develop individual and group research projects as appropriate to skill and class level.
The Anthropology Department provides a vertical, "scaffolded," and high impact curriculum for our majors and minors that satisfies the depth-function of a discipline within the liberal arts.
Our students first take two introductory courses (ANT100: Introduction to Social Anthropology and ANT102: Introduction to Archaeology). After these courses, our majors and minors take Theory (ANT200), which serves as a pre-requisite for our advanced 300-level seminars. All majors must take at least one 200-level "culture area" course, two 300-level topic-specific seminars, and one of our two senior-level Methods courses (ANT410 for those interested in sociocultural anthropology or ANT411 for those interested in archaeology.) A significant portion of our students then expand their Methods work into Independent Study courses. The Anthropology Department generally has between one and five seniors attempting honors through their independents every year, but sometimes more students than this taking ANT490, the Senior Independent.
Most graduating seniors report satisfaction with their major experience during senior exit interviews and with Anthropology's place in their liberal arts education at F&M. These hour-long interviews are done by the department chair with most of our graduating majors every year.