anthropology

As a multidisciplinary study of humans present and past, anthropology finds its way into many programs and courses. You’ll find opportunities to think deeply about contemporary ways of life and to consider pre-modern and non-industrial human experiences.

Anthropology faculty offer instruction and guidance in ethnographic fieldwork: approaches to listening, observing, documenting, and reflecting that will enable you to engage meaningfully with people and topics that matter to their communities. You will combine the study of anthropology with history, psychology, sociology, literature, religion, and biology in integrated and relevant ways.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Anthrozoology FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Common Ground: Politics, Faith, and Community FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Culture, Self, and Healing FR-SO
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
In Sickness and In Health FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Living Well: Psychology and Sustainability FR
  • Fall
16
Repair: The Art of Sustainability and Social Practice JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Time Past: Earth Processes and Human History FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Almighty God(s): Religion and Power in the Near and Middle East SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Anthrozoology FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Ireland in History and Memory JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Movements and Migrations: Sustainable South Asia SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16