anthropology area of concentration

The anthropology program at New College seeks to impart a broad perspective on past and present peoples and cultures around the world through a study of the methods and materials of the discipline. Through required course work, students develop a solid knowledge of the scope and objectives of cultural anthropology and archaeology, and of at least one other sub-discipline (biological anthropology and/or linguistics). They also acquire in-depth critical knowledge of the theory and methods of anthropology. Students are encouraged to participate in fieldwork and develop their research skills and a critical perspective through the completion of a senior research project, conducted under the supervision of a faculty member in the program.

Students and faculty have cooperated in projects ranging from archaeological research in Florida, Mexico, Central America, and the Middle East to active planning for the homeless in Sarasota, from critiques of sexism in human evolutionary models to studies of the creolization process in Black English Vernacular. Students have conducted independent research worldwide, including studies of remote tribal groups in West Papua and Amazonian Peru. Theory and practice go hand-in-hand as students develop their understanding of the world and share this with fieldworkers, academics, and planners outside the New College community.

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What You’ll Learn:

Anthropology is a quintessentially interdisciplinary field of study. A concentration in anthropology begins with work in the four major subfields of the discipline: cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics. As students proceed, their work in specialized theoretical and area courses is complemented by work in languages, other social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. Combined areas of study range from anthropology and literature to anthropology and biology.

Intermediate/advanced courses and tutorials are offered in the History of Anthropological theory, Method and Theory in archaeology, Ethnography: Theory and Practice, Myth and Ritual, Ecological Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, Anthropology and Development, The Anthropology of Food, Historical Archaeology, Historical Archaeology of Latin America, Human Origins, Primate Behavior, Anthropology and Literature, Visual Anthropology, The Anthropology of Performance, Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective, and Landscapes: Past and Present.

Area courses focus on the prehistory of the Old World, the Middle East, Mesoamerica, the Andes and North America. Cultural courses focus on the contemporary cultures of the United States, the Middle East, Central America, and Africa. Students wishing to focus on the prehistory and ethnography of other regions of the world may do so through tutorials. 

Recent Theses

  • The Archaeology of Coastal Belize, Central America (published in British Archaeological Reports, Oxford, England)
  • Chinese Outside of Chinatown: Immigration, Assimilation, and Community in Sarasota/Bradenton
  • Funerals: The Tradition of Passing and the Passing of Tradition: The Gravestones of Bow, New Hampshire: 1800-1865
  • An Investigation of Human Remains from Casey Key


Design Research and Anthropology Consultant
SonicRim, San Francisco, CA

Cultural Sustainability Policy Consultant
Livable Planet Consulting, Sarasota, FL

Curatorial and Collections Research Assistant
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York, NY

Associate Professor of Anthropology & Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies
College of Wooster, Wooster, OH

Vice President of Research & Policy
Sachs Media Group, Tallahassee, FL

Associate Dean of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Seattle Central College, Seattle, WA

Social Studies Teacher
Central Queens Academy, New York, NY

Park Ranger
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, Gainesville, FL

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Public Archaeology Lab

The New College Public Archaeology Lab (NCPAL) is committed to facilitating education, outreach, and the study of archaeology within a broader anthropological and interdisciplinary context.

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