Why Anthropology?

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Why Major in Anthropology?

 To Declare your major or minor -
  https://sasundergrad.rutgers.edu/major/major-declaration

 

Spring 2021 Undergraduate Courses will Be Remote (Asynchronous or Synchronous) except 070:408.  PLEASE NOTE:

If the course format on the Schedule of Classes includes Days of the Week and Times, then the class meets virtually on-line and on-line attendance at those times is required, as specified by the instructor. This format, sometimes referred to as SYCHRONOUS REMOTE, emulates the face-to-face classroom experience and all students will be meeting together with the instructor at the designated times. You can ignore the Campus Location, since the course is meeting remotely.

If the course format states Hours by Arrangement, then the class has no specific meeting times, rather the course site will indicate specific weekly requirements and assignment due dates. In addition, flexible opportunities to meet with TAs, instructors and classmates will be a part of these classes. This format, sometimes referred to as ASYNCHRONOUS REMOTE, provides flexibility, especially for students in other time zones, but still requires the same amount of hour per week as more traditional course formats. These courses ARE NOT self-paced; there is a weekly schedule for work submission beginning the first week of classes.

QUICK LIST spring 2021 Courses, Instructors and Technology
Preliminary Syllabi will be added as received - if sp 21 syllabus is not yet included below - click "Courses" in menu on right for a recent syllabus

Prerequisite overrides spring 21 – If you cannot register for an upper level course because you have not met the prerequisite, in many cases you can get a prerequisite override. If you would like to request this, send an email to the professor with your name, RUID, and number/name of the course, with a CC to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If approved, you will be registered directly into the course. Be sure you do not have a conflicting course on your registration. If you have a conflicting “place-holder” course, mention this in your request message – the place-holder can be eliminated at the same time the new course is added.

101 Culture and Social Life, 4 credits
Omar Dewachi – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote lectures Monday, Wednesday 2:15-3:35; recitations various times
101:05 section is asynchronous remote; Platform – Canvas
pdf Syllabus (512 KB)

102 Intro to Human Evolution, 4 credits
Hylke de Jong – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote lectures; recitations various times
102:03, 04, 05 sections are asynchronous remote; Platform – Canvas
pdf Syllabus sp 21 (173 KB)

105 Intro to Archaeology, 4 credits
Hylke de Jong – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote lectures; recitations various times
105:01 lab is asynchronous remote; Platform – Canvas
  pdf Preliminary Syllabus (243 KB)

108 Language, Culture and Society, 3 credits
Kate Riley – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote lectures; recitations various times
108:04 section is asynchronous remote; Platform – Canvas
  pdf Syllabus spring 2021 (324 KB) - sections 01-04
  pdf Syllabus spring 2021 (326 KB) - section H1

161:MA Anthro of Robots and Artificial Intelligence - 1.5 credits - class runs 2nd seven weeks
Pilar Rau – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote; Platform – Canvas

161:MB Anthro of Robots and Artificial Intelligence - 1.5 credits - class runs 2nd seven weeks 3/29 to 5/3/21
Reecha Das - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote; Platform - Canvas

203 Climate Change, Disaster, and Reconstruction, 3 credits
Christien Tompkins – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote; Platform – Canvas
  pdf Syllabus sp 21 (224 KB)

207 Prehistoric Archaeology of Europe, 3 credits
Dan Cabanes – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday, Thursday 9:15-10:35 am; Platform: Canvas
  pdf Syllabus sp 21 (165 KB)
Prerequisites can be waived for this course. See process at top of course list.

220 Food and Culture, 3 credits
Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday, Thursday 12:35-1:55 pm; Platform: Canvas
  pdf Syllabus sp 21 (115 KB)

248 Anthro of China, 3 credits
Louisa Schein – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Tuesday 2:15-5:15 pm; Platform: Canvas
  pdf Syllabus sp 21 (697 KB)

283 French Gastronomy (x-list French Dept., taught in English), 3 credits
Ana Pairet – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday, Thursday 9:50-11:10 am (CAC time); Platform: Canvas

297 Current Iss. in Evolutionary Anthro: Intro to Microbiomes (x-list Microbiology), 3 credits
Gloria Dominguez-Bello – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Tuesday, Thursday 3:55-5:15 pm; Platform: Canvas
  pdf Syllabus sp 21 (843 KB)

302 Culture and Environment, 3 credits
David Hughes – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday, Thursday 9:15-10:35 am; Platform: Canvas
  pdf Syllabus sp 21 (151 KB) pdf (148 KB)
pdf Flyer sp 21 (119 KB)
Prerequisites can be waived for this course. See process at top of course list.

312 Language and Diversity, 3 credits
Kate Riley – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Tuesday 12:35-3:35 pm; Platform: Canvas
  pdf Syllabus spring 2021 (315 KB)

342 Urban Ecologies, 3 credits
Bridget Purcell - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Wednesday 2:15-5:15 pm; Platform: Canvas
pdf preliminary syllabus sp 21 (528 KB)

348 Primate Behav. Ecology, 3 credits
Erin Vogel – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday, Thursday 10:55 am-12:15; Platform: Canvas
  pdf preliminary syllabus sp 21 (194 KB)
Prerequisites can be waived for this course. See process at top of course list.

356 Human Variation, 3 credits
Susan Cachel – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote; Platform: Sakai
  pdf Syllabus sp 21 (238 KB)

367 Anthro Goes to the Movies, 3 credits
Pilar Rau – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous Remote, Platform: Canvas
  pdf Preliminary Syllabus (1.16 MB)  
Course has no prereqs. We won't meet by zoom, we will screen films on our own and have exciting online discussions. Shoot me an email if you have any questions.  - Prof. Rau

371 Politics of Culture, 3 credits
Bridget Purcell - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Tuesday 3:55-6:55 pm; Platform: Canvas
pdf preliminary syllabus sp 21 (658 KB)

376 Power and Difference: Race as Ethnographic Problem, 3 credits
Christien Tompkins – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchromous remote; Platform: Canvas
  pdf Syllabus sp 21 (155 KB)
  pdf Course flyer sp 21 (433 KB)

377 Evolution and Religion, 3 credits
Lee Cronk – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday 9:15 am-12:15; Platform: Sakai
  pdf Syllabus sp 21 (78 KB)
pdf (124 KB) pdf Course flyer sp 21 (285 KB) pdf (124 KB) pdf
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380 Culture, Memory, and History, 3 credits
Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday, Thursday 10:55 am-12:15; Platform: Canvas
  pdf Syllabus sp 21 (147 KB)

381 Pottery Analysis in Archaeology, 3 credits
asynchronous remote; Platform: Canvas
  pdf Course flyer sp 21 (96 KB)
  pdf Syllabus sp 21 (535 KB)
Prerequisites can be waived for this course. See process at top of course list.

386 Internship in Anthropology, 3 credits
Pilar Rau – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Individual projects by arrangement

392 Faunal Analysis, 3 credits
Hylke de Jong – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote; Platform: Canvas
  document Preliminary Syllabus (26 KB)

407 Documenting Latino Lives (xlist Latin Carib Studies), 3 credits
Ulla Berg – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday 12:00-3:00 pm (LIV time); Platform: Canvas
  pdf Syllabus sp 21 407-408 (213 KB)

408 Video Production Lab (xlist Latin Carib Studies), 1 credit – taken with 407
Ulla Berg – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Approved in-person lab, LIV, TIL-258, Wednesday 1:40-3:00 pm; Platform: Canvas

417 Writing Ethnography, 3 credits
Bridget Purcell - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday 12:35-3:35 pm; Platform: Canvas
  pdf Syllabus sp 21 (644 KB)

422 Theories in Physical Anthropology, 3 credits
Susan Cachel – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote; Platform: Sakai
  pdf Syllabus Spring 2021 (482 KB)

491 Capstone in Evolutionary Medicine, 1 credit, class runs 2nd 7 wks, 3/9 to 5/3/21
Siobain Duffy – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Friday 10:55 am-12:15; Platform: Canvas

498 Honors in Anthropology, 3 credits (second of two consecutive semesters 497, then 498)
By SPN, hours by arrangement with faculty advisor
For more information, see https://anthro.rutgers.edu/academics/undergraduate/honors

 

 

The Anthropology Department is pleased to announce our spring 2020 awards:

Henry Rutgers Scholar Awards
These awards recognize the outstanding theses among Rutgers SAS students for the academic year. To be considered for a Henry Rutgers Scholar Award, a student must have presented his/her research at the Aresty Research Center Symposium, a department-based research event, or a professional conference.

Matthew Baldes
Olivia Boss
Rohan Ferriols Alibutud
Christopher Kotkin

 

Anthropology Department 11th Annual Honors Symposium Awards
Honors students’ presentations of their work are judged based on the merits of the thesis work and quality of presentation.

Olivia Boss – First Prize
Rohan Ferriols Alibutud – First Prize

  pdf Honors Symposium Program spring 2020 (1.01 MB)

 

Anthropology Department Honors Student Awards
Following the defense of their theses, honors students are given a designation by their advisors and second readers, according to this scale:

“Honors” is a considerable accomplishment and should be given to 60-70% of acceptable projects.
“High honors” should mark work that shows unusual excellence and/or effort in research and should be given to no more than 20-30% of the projects.
“Highest honors” should be awarded occasionally for work that might be publishable in a scholarly journal
 “Interdisciplinary Honors” is awarded to students successfully defending a thesis through the interdisciplinary honors program

Matthew Baldes – Highest Honors
Research topic: Area 116 and the Burgi Unconformity; Advisor Craig Feibel, Second Reader Kenneth Miller (Earth and Planetary Sciences); Majors Evolutionary Anthropology and Geological Sciences

Olivia Boss – Highest Honors
Research topic: Comparative dental microwear textural analysis: Pitheciines, Alouatta, and Ateles; Advisor Rob Scott, Second Reader Hylke de Jong; Major Evolutionary Anthropology

Brianna Christian – High Honors
Research topic: Do nothing without intention: Politics of care and authority as commanded by communities of Black women: Advisor Christien Tompkins, Second Reader Bridget Purcell; Major Cultural Anthropology

Rohan Ferriols Alibutud – Highest Honors
Research topic: Prioritization of autism candidate genes from whole-genome sequences of affected families; Advisors Jinchuan Xing (Genetics) and Erin Vogel, Second Reader James Millonig (Center for Advanced Biotechnology & Medicine); Majors Evolutionary Anthropology and Genetics

Christopher Kotkin – Highest Honors
Research topic: FTIR Analysis of Ceramics from the Roman Villa of Vacone; Advisor Dan Cabanes, Second Reader Gary Farney (History, Rutgers, Newark); Major Anthropology

Frank Short – High Honors
Research topic: An Investigation of Orangutan Bimaturism through Continuous-Time Movement Modeling; Advisor Erin Vogel, Second Reader Richard Lathrop (SEBS – Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources); Major Evolutionary Anthropology

Nishita Patel - Interdisciplinary Honors
Research topic: An Analysis of Preventative and Curative Medicine Practices in Rural and Metropolitan Gujarat; Advisor Pilar Rau, Second Reader Omar Dewachi; Major Biological Sciences, Minor Cultural Anthropology

 

Paul Robeson Scholars
The School of Arts and Sciences has long continued the Livingston College tradition of designating students who complete a senior thesis as a Paul Robeson Scholars. Robeson, an accomplished and extraordinary student, wrote a senior thesis, The Fourteenth Amendment, the Sleeping Giant of the American Constitution, which fueled his famed valedictory address, The New Idealism.

Matthew Baldes
Olivia Boss
Brianna Christian
Rohan Ferriols Alibutud
Christopher Kotkin
Nishita Patel
Frank Short

 

 

Why Major in Anthropology?

Anthropology teaches students to think in a critical way, and it exposes them to a fundamental part of the Western intellectual tradition. But it also gives them a perspective on their own position in a world of cultural, physical, and political diversity.  Anthropology seeks to understand the whole panorama of human existence in both geographic space and over long periods of time.  It offers a backdrop against which students can understand their own cultures, traditions, and behaviors and provides them with sensitivity to understanding human biological and cultural similarities and differences. 

Cultural Anthropologists
focus on understanding humans through a comparative perspective, one that teaches students to be acute observers and analysts of human behavior. 

Evolutionary anthropologists
might study orangutans, observing behavior and collecting urine to assess their social structure. 

Archaeologists
might jump back a million years to probe the survival strategies, successes, and failures of the earliest humans. 

Linguistic anthropologists
might scrutinize conversation to learn more about the place of individuals in the family structure.

Other areas of anthropological study include forensic anthropology, business anthropology, visual anthropology, environmental anthropology, and museum anthropology.  In addition to careers in teaching and research, students of anthropology can continue on to careers in the many industries that value the anthropologist's perspective and skills.

 

 

The Undergraduate Director, Professor Robert S. Scott, can provide interested students with information and guidance in planning a major or minor, and discuss how anthropology can contribute to various goals.  Email for appointment: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office Hours Spring 21: TBA

 

Find out how to earn honors in anthropology.

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Consider joining Lambda Alpha , the National Anthropology Honor Society.  See Undergraduate Director for verification of your grades.  Lifetime membership requires one-time fee of $25.00.