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Undergraduate Program in Anthropology

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Fall 2021 Undergraduate Courses

These classes may meet in one of three ways – on campus, online synchronous, or online asynchronous. Schedule below is most accurate information to date, may be subject to change. 

PLEASE NOTE:

The online Schedule of Classes (SOC) goes live Monday, April 5.  If the SOC indicates that a class meets on certain days/times of the week and specifies a classroom, then the class meets ON CAMPUS. In some cases, classrooms may not show in the listing below but will be selected by the system for the online SOC.

If the SOC includes days of the week and times but no room is listed, then the class will be ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS, meeting at specified days/times with the instructor via ZOOM or WEBEX.  Online attendance is required.

If the course listing in the SOC states “hours by arrangement,” then the class has no specific meeting times and is ONLINE ASYNCHRONOUS. The Canvas sites for these courses will indicate specific weekly requirements and assignment due dates. In addition, flexible opportunities to meet with TAs, instructors and classmates will be a part of these classes. This format provides flexibility, especially for students in other time zones, but still requires the same amount of hours per week as more traditional course formats. These courses ARE NOT self-paced; there is a weekly schedule for work submission beginning the first week of classes.

QUICK LIST Fall 2021 Courses with Format, Scheduling, and Instructor

Preliminary Syllabi will be added as received - if fall 21 syllabus is not yet included below - click "Courses" in menu on right for a recent syllabus. All courses will use Canvas for their learning platform.

Prerequisite overrides fall 21 – If you cannot register for an upper level course because you have not met the prerequisite, in many cases you can get a prerequisite override. If you would like to request this, send an email to the professor with your name, RUID, and number/name of the course, with a CC to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If approved, you will be registered directly into the course. Be sure you do not have a conflicting course on your registration. If you have a conflicting “place-holder” course, mention this in your request message – the place-holder can be eliminated at the same time the new course is added.

01:070:101 Culture and Social Life, 4 credits
Bridget Purcell – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lectures online synchronous, Tuesday, Thursday 3:00-4:20 pm
Recitations vary, some on campus, some online synchronous
01:070:101:07 is online asynchronous

01:070:102 Introduction to Human Evolution, 4 credits
Susan Cachel – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lectures online synchronous, Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:20 pm
Recitations various times, all on campus, BIO-302

01:070:108 Language, Culture and Society, 3 credits
Kate Riley – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lectures online asynchronous
Recitations various times, some online synchronous, some on campus

01:070:111 Extinction, 4 credits
David Hughes and Rob Scott – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lectures online synchronous, Monday, Wednesday 1:00-2:20 pm
Recitations vary, some online synchronous, some on campus
Some recitations online asynchronous (07,08,09)

01:070:112 World Prehistory, 3 credits
Dan Cabanes – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
TBD on campus or online synchronous, Monday, Thursday 11:00-12:20 pm

01:070:152:MA Bones and Stones, 1.5 credits
Hylke de Jong, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2nd 7 weeks, on campus, Tuesday, Thursday 5:00-6:20 pm, BIO 302

01:070:152:MB Bones and Stones, 1.5 credits
Hylke de Jong, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2nd 7 weeks, on campus, Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:20 pm, BIO 302

01:070:161:MA Anthropology of Robots, 1.5 credits
Pilar Rau – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2nd 7 weeks, online asynchronous

01:070:162:MA Great Excavations in the Garden State, 1.5 credits
Keri Sansevere – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
1st 7 weeks, Friday 1:00-4:00 pm, BIO 205, with online asynchronous field trips

01:070:162:MB Great Excavations in the Garden State, 1.5 credits
Keri Sansevere – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2nd 7 weeks, online asynchronous

01:070:163:MA Islands and Lost Continents, 1.5 credits
Hylke de Jong – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2nd 7 weeks, on campus, Monday 3:00-6:00 pm, RAB

01:070:201 Evolution and Human Behavior, 3 credits
Lee Cronk – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
On campus Monday, Thursday 11:00-12:20 pm

01:070:203 Climate Change, Disaster and Reconstruction, 3 credits
Christian Tompkins - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
All sections in BIO 206 for 1 period, with asynchronous content
Section 01 - Wed. 9-10:20 am; Section 02 - Wed. 3-4:20 pm; Section 03 - Wed. 5-:20 pm

01:070:212 Life of Primates, 3 credits
Ryne Palombit – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
On campus, immersive synchronous, Monday, Wednesday 3:00-4:20 pm
2 rooms simultaneously (TBA), Busch and Cook/Douglass

01:070:213 Environment and Human Evolution, 3 credits
Craig Feibel – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
On campus, Monday, Wednesday 7:00 pm-8:20
document Syllabus F21 (277 KB)

01:070:217 Psychology and Culture, 3 credits
Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Online synchronous, Monday, Thursday 11:00-12:20 pm
  pdf Flyer fall 2021 (97 KB)

01:070:218 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, 3 credits
Evan Bird – contact through department, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
On campus Tuesday 5:00-6:20 pm, using BIO 206 and BIO 201A

01:070:223 Anthropology of Latin America, 3 credits
Pilar Rau – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Online synchronous, Wednesday 3:00-6:00 pm

01:070:240 Introduction to Molecular Evolutionary Anthropology, 3 credits
Instructor TBA
TBD: Online asynchronous or synchronous, Tuesday, Friday, 11:00-12:20 pm

01:070:242 Anthropology of the Middle East, 3 credits
Becky Schulthies – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
On campus (RAB) or online synchronous, Wednesday 1:00-4:00 pm

01:070:291:MA Special Topics: Semiotics, 1.5 credits
Kate Riley – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2nd 7 weeks, online synchronous, Wednesday 3:00-6:00 pm

01:070:303 Wealth and Culture, 3 credits
Bridget Purcell – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Online synchronous, Monday 3:00-6:00 pm

01:070:307 Medical Anthropology, 3 credits
Omar Dewachi – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
TBD – either Online synchronous Wednesday 3:00-6:00 pm
OR on campus (RAB) Monday 3:00-6:00 pm

01:070:308 Anthropology of Religion: Sacrifice, Sorcery, Society, 3 credits
Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Online synchronous, Monday, Wednesday 1:00-2:20 pm
  pdf flyer (2.80 MB)

01:070:311 History of Anthropology, 3 credits
Bridget Purcell – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Online synchronous, Thursday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

01:070:314 Prehistoric Funerary Archaeology, 3 credits
Dan Cabanes – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Online synchronous or on campus, Monday, Thursday, 9:00 am to 10:20

01:070:317 Method and Analysis in Cultural Anthropology, 3 credits
Kate Riley – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Online synchronous, Thursday 3:00-6:00 pm

01:070:325 Evolution and Culture, 3 credits
Lee Cronk, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Online synchronous or on campus, Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm

01:070:333 Colonial Archaeology, 3 credits
Carmel Schrire, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Online synchronous, Tuesday 3:00-6:00 pm

01:070:367 Anthropology Goes to the Movies, 3 credits
Pilar Rau – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Online asynchronous

01:070:368 Media and Culture, 3 credits
Zeynep Gursel – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Online asynchronous

01:070:375 Cross-Species Relationality and Communication, 3 credits
Becky Schulthies – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
On campus Monday 11:00 am-2:00 pm, RAB 003

01:070:386 Internship in Anthropology
Pilar Rau – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Individual projects by arrangement

01:070:390 Fossil Hominin Anatomy, 3 credits
Instructor TBA
Online synchronous or on campus (RAB 302), Monday, Wednesday 11:00 am-12:20 pm

01:070:426 South African Archaeology, 3 credits
Carmel Schrire, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Online synchronous, Thursday 3:00-6:00 pm

01:070:490 Preparation for Honors Thesis, 1 credit
Hylke de Jong – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Online asynchronous or on campus (RAB 302), Friday 11:00 am-12:20 pm

497 Honors in Anthropology, 3 credits (first of two consecutive semesters 497, then 498)
By SPN, hours by arrangement with faculty advisor
For more information, see https://anthro.rutgers.edu/academics/undergraduate/honors

 

 

The Anthropology Department is pleased to announce our spring 2021 awards:

Henry Rutgers Scholar Awards
These awards recognize the outstanding theses among Rutgers SAS students for the academic year. To be considered for a Henry Rutgers Scholar Award, a student must have presented his/her research at the Aresty Research Center Symposium, a department-based research event, or a professional conference.

Michelle Fan
Gabrielle Rosenthal

 

Anthropology Department 12th Annual Honors Symposium Awards
Honors students’ presentations of their work are judged based on the merits of the thesis work and quality of presentation.

Michelle Fan – First Prize

  pdf Honors Symposium Program spring 2021 (1.07 MB)

 

Anthropology Department Honors Student Awards
Following the defense of their theses, honors students are given a designation by their advisors and second readers, according to this scale:

“Honors” is a considerable accomplishment and should be given to 60-70% of acceptable projects.
“High honors” should mark work that shows unusual excellence and/or effort in research and should be given to no more than 20-30% of the projects.
“Highest honors” should be awarded occasionally for work that might be publishable in a scholarly journal
 “Interdisciplinary Honors” is awarded to students successfully defending a thesis through the interdisciplinary honors program

Michelle Fan - Highest Honors
Research topic: Women and Revolution: The Making and Remaking of Hong Kong Ethnic Identity; Advisor Pilar Rau, Second Reader Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi; Major Cultural Anthropology, Minor Gender and Media

Lucia Firbas Torres - Interdisciplinary Honors
Research topic: Behind the Facades: Haussmannization and Gender through Zola’s Paris; Advisors Bridget Purcell and Jennifer Tamas (French); Majors Anthropology and French

A J (Alfred) Kelvy – High Honors
Research topic: Wine Production at the Roman Villa near Vacone: A Comparative Analysis; Advisor Gary Farney (Rutgers Newark), Second Reader Dan Cabanes; Major Evolutionary Anthropology, Minor Earth and Planetary Sciences

Gabrielle Rosenthal – Highest Honors
Research topic: Impacts of wildfire on wild Bornean orangutans; Advisor Erin Vogel, Second Reader Ryne Palombit; Major Evolutionary Anthropology, Minor Ecology, Evolution, Natural Resources

 

Paul Robeson Scholars
The School of Arts and Sciences has long continued the Livingston College tradition of designating students who complete a senior thesis as a Paul Robeson Scholars. Robeson, an accomplished and extraordinary student, wrote a senior thesis, The Fourteenth Amendment, the Sleeping Giant of the American Constitution, which fueled his famed valedictory address, The New Idealism.

Matthew Baldes
Olivia Boss
Brianna Christian
Rohan Ferriols Alibutud
Christopher Kotkin
Nishita Patel
Frank Short

 

 

Why Major in Anthropology?

Anthropology teaches students to think in a critical way, and it exposes them to a fundamental part of the Western intellectual tradition. But it also gives them a perspective on their own position in a world of cultural, physical, and political diversity.  Anthropology seeks to understand the whole panorama of human existence in both geographic space and over long periods of time.  It offers a backdrop against which students can understand their own cultures, traditions, and behaviors and provides them with sensitivity to understanding human biological and cultural similarities and differences. 

Cultural Anthropologists
focus on understanding humans through a comparative perspective, one that teaches students to be acute observers and analysts of human behavior. 

Evolutionary anthropologists
might study orangutans, observing behavior and collecting urine to assess their social structure. 

Archaeologists
might jump back a million years to probe the survival strategies, successes, and failures of the earliest humans. 

Linguistic anthropologists
might scrutinize conversation to learn more about the place of individuals in the family structure.

Other areas of anthropological study include forensic anthropology, business anthropology, visual anthropology, environmental anthropology, and museum anthropology.  In addition to careers in teaching and research, students of anthropology can continue on to careers in the many industries that value the anthropologist's perspective and skills.

 

 

The Undergraduate Director, Professor Robert S. Scott, can provide interested students with information and guidance in planning a major or minor, and discuss how anthropology can contribute to various goals.  Email for appointment: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Find out how to earn honors in anthropology.

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Consider joining Lambda Alpha , the National Anthropology Honor Society.  See Undergraduate Director for verification of your grades.  Lifetime membership requires one-time fee of $25.00.