Our Department Timeline

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.

Undergraduate Department of Human Ecology created at Cook College, whose anthropologists continue to retain strong ties to the Department of Anthropology into the present.

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.