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About the Department

One of the key strengths of anthropology is its interdisciplinary approach.  As a result, our department is interdisciplinary at every level, from the way we conduct research to the way we teach.  Our courses often cross broad boundaries, integrating the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences.  Even so, our faculty specialize in different parts of the world and on different topics.

The department consists of seven faculty specializing in Africa (Sheridan), East Asia (Oxfeld), Latin America (Fitzsimmons and Stoll), North America (Nevins and Tran), and South Asia (Bright).  In addition to our new Anthropology Major, our courses contribute toward many other majors and programs.  These include African Studies, Black Studies, Economics, Education Studies, Environmental Studies, Food Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Global Health, International and Global Studies, Japanese, Linguistics, Sociology and more.

Our courses often appeal to wide variety of students, particularly those pursuing careers in education, medicine, and the non-profit sector (e.g., environmental advocacy, human rights, and international development).  In recent years, we have also seen increasing enrollments from students pursuing careers in business and politics.  

All of our faculty have engaged in original field research, with years (if not decades) of experience working in places both strange and familiar.  Although we do not require fieldwork for the major, we want undergraduates to have those experiences as well.  Through internships, research assistantships, study abroad, and senior projects, we encourage students to explore their disciplinary interests outside the classroom.