In recognition of the broad interdisciplinary nature of the field, the Department of Anthropology offers a wide range of options including the major, two interdisciplinary majors (geography-anthropology and sociology-anthropology), and a correlate sequence. At all levels of the curriculum, students have opportunities to carry out anthropological field work under professional conditions.
Courses available to first-year students include Cultural Anthropology (Anthropology 140), which is required of all majors, Archaeology (Anthropology 100), Human Origins (Anthropology 120), and Linguistics and Anthropology (Anthropology 150).
First-year students with a strong interest in anthropology or some background in the social sciences might also consider Landscape Architecture (Anthropology 231), The Indian Ocean (Anthropology 240), or Mesoamerican Worlds (Anthropology 243, spring 15). Please email the instructor directly with any questions or for additional information.
Majors will also need to take a course in anthropological theory, obtain some field experience, and become familiar with at least two of the other subdisciplines and two cultural regions. Beyond this, students follow their own interests and inclinations with the assistance of departmental faculty.
Courses and Requirements
Academic requirements and courses are available in the Vassar College Catalogue.