Anthropology

Anthropology at Brown is a broad discipline that addresses human social and cultural diversity in the present and past. It includes the subfields of sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and anthropological linguistics. Anthropology at Brown is intended to provide students with an informed appreciation and deeper understanding of different societies and their practices, beliefs, and values.

Concentrators should select their courses in anthropology in consultation with the concentration advisor. At least nine courses in anthropology are required, including:

1. One of the following sociocultural/linguistic anthropology classes:

2. One of the following biological anthropology/archaeology classes:

3. One of the following, normally taken in junior or sophomore year:

4. Contemporary Topics in Anthropology ANTH 1910, Senior Seminar, normally taken in the senior year.

5. At least one 1000-level course on a particular world area.

6. At least five of the courses counted toward the concentration must be offered at the 1000-level or above.

Honors :

Candidates for honors should apply to the concentration advisor by the end of his or her 6th semester, but no later than the 4th week of the 7th semester. An application consists of a brief statement addressing the focus of a proposed thesis and the names and signatures of two faculty members from the Department of Anthropology who have agreed to serve as the student's honors committee—one as honors thesis advisor, the other as a reader. Candidates for honors are required to:

1. Fulfill the standard concentration requirements.

2. Take two additional courses, usually ANTH 1970, which may be used for thesis preparation.

3. Have a majority of A's in the concentration.

4. Submit an approved honors thesis.

Field Work

Concentrators interested in archaeology are urged to obtain training in field archaeology by participating in Brown-sponsored field research, or by participating in an archaeological field school elsewhere.




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