Department History Time-line
Department of Anthropology
Timeline of Major Programmatic Events
1949 The famous anthropologist Ashley Montagu taught the first formal
courses in anthropology at Rutgers College.
1967 Professor Robin Fox comes from the London School of Economics to start a Department of Anthropology at the new Livingston College in response to student demand: a survey put anthropology first on the list of new subjects desired.
1968 Undergraduate and graduate programs receive first students.
1971 First PhDs granted: Joseph Shepher on spontaneous incest avoidance in the
Kibbutz, and Jay Miller on the archaeology of Keresan Indian identity.
Joint NIMH program with Biology and Psychiatry (Medical School) founded, with five
primate research centers.
1972 First undergraduate degrees awarded.
1973 Undergraduate Department of Anthropology founded at Rutgers College.
1973 Undergraduate Department of Human Ecology created at Cook College, whose
anthropologists continue to retain strong ties to the Department of Anthropology into the
1982 Individual anthropology programs at different Rutgers colleges are consolidated within new Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The newly created Department of Anthropology moves to Douglass College.
1996 Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES) is established.
1997 Koobi Fora Field School in Paleoanthropology located in Northern Kenya developed.
2000 Bachelor of Science in Evolutionary Anthropology approved.
2004 New Cultural Anthropology Program in Critical Interventions in Theory and Ethnography (CITE), focusing on the impact of global processes on inequality, justice, and rights, is created.
2005 BA track in Cultural Anthropology, and minors in Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology, are established.
2007 Department approves two Kenyan summer programs: Swahili Studies and Coastal Peoples of Kenya Field School and Wildlife Ecology, Conservation, and Primatology Field School
2009 Minor in Evolutionary Anthropology is established.