Anthropology Curriculum

A concentration in anthropology begins with work in the four major subfields of the discipline: cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

Cultural Anthropology:

  • Cultural Anthropology (or equivalent introductory course)
  • History of Anthropological Theory
  • One upper level area or thematic course for cultural subfield majors:
    • Ethnography: Theory and Practice and one or more additional courses and/or tutorials in cultural anthropology ore related subjects approved by advisor

Archaeology:

  • Survey of Archaeology (or equivalent introductory course)
  • Method and Theory in Archaeology
  • One upper level area or thematic course for archaeology subfield majors:
    • One or more additional courses and/or tutorials in Archaeology or related subjects approved by advisor

Physical Anthropology and Linguistics:

  • One introductory course in at least one of these subfields:
    • Human Origins for Physical Anthropology
    • Language, Culture, and Society for Linguistics

Foreign Language Competence:

  • Intermediate level competence, or two years of college-level instruction

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Course in the Protection of Human Subjects

  • Certified Ethics Training for Studying Human Subjects

Senior Project/Thesis:

  • Thesis Tutorial and demonstration of knowledge of methodology employed in senior project

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

  1. Introductory course in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology
  2. History of Antropological Theory
  3. Method and Theory in Archaeology
  4. Two additional courses or tutorials in anthropology, and other work relating to your goals, to be chosen in consultation with your advisor in anthropology.

SAMPLE PATHWAYS TO COMPLETE AOC REQUIREMENTS

New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Anthropology

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyISP #1Upper Level Cultural Anthropology #1
Introductory LanguageIntroductory Language 2
LAC 1Human Origins
LAC 2LAC 3
Year 2Survey of ArchaeologyISP #2 Method and Theory in Archaeology
Upper Level Cultural Anthropology #2Upper Level Archaeology #1
Intermediate Language 1Intermediate Language 2
LAC 4LAC 5
Elective Class
Year 3History of Anthropological TheoryISP #3Ethnography: Theory and Practice
Upper Level Archaeology #2Language, Culture, and Society
LAC 6LAC 7
Elective classElective class
Year 4Thesis
LAC 8
Elective class
Elective class

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Anthropology

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (or transfer credit)ISP #1 Ethnography: Theory and Practice
Upper Level Cultural Anthro Course #1Human Origins or Language, Culture, and Society
Introductory Language 1 (or transfer credit)Introductory Language 2 (or transfer credit)
Upper Level Cultural Anthro Class #2
Year 4Survey of Archaeology (or transfer credit)ISP #2 Method and Theory in Archaeology
History of Anthropological TheoryUpper Level Archaeology Class #2
Upper Level Archaeology Class #1Intermediate Language 2
Intermediate Language 1Thesis