Why Anthropology?

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Why Major in Anthropology?

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Link to winter 2021 courses

 

Spring 2021 Undergraduate Courses will Be Remote (Asynchronous or Synchronous) except 070:408.  PLEASE NOTE:

If the course format on the Schedule of Classes includes Days of the Week and Times, then the class meets virtually on-line and on-line attendance at those times is required, as specified by the instructor. This format, sometimes referred to as SYCHRONOUS REMOTE, emulates the face-to-face classroom experience and all students will be meeting together with the instructor at the designated times. You can ignore the Campus Location, since the course is meeting remotely.

If the course format states Hours by Arrangement, then the class has no specific meeting times, rather the course site 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, sometimes referred to as ASYNCHRONOUS REMOTE, provides flexibility, especially for students in other time zones, but still requires the same amount of hour 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 spring 2021 Courses, Instructors and Technology
Preliminary Syllabi will be added as received.  For most recent syllabus, click "Courses" in menu on right

Prerequisite overrides spring 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.

101 Culture and Social Life, 4 credits
Omar Dewachi – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote lectures Monday, Wednesday 2:15-3:35; recitations various times
101:05 section is asynchronous remote; Platform – Canvas

102 Intro to Human Evolution, 4 credits
Hylke de Jong – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote lectures; recitations various times
102:03, 04, 05 sections are asynchronous remote; Platform – Canvas

105 Intro to Archaeology, 4 credits
Hylke de Jong – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote lectures; recitations various times
105:01 lab is asynchronous remote; Platform – Canvas

108 Language, Culture and Society, 3 credits
Kate Riley – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote lectures; recitations various times
108:04 section is asynchronous remote; Platform – Canvas

161 Anthro of Robots and Artificial Intelligence - 1.5 credits - class runs 2nd seven weeks
Pilar Rau – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote; Platform – Canvas

203 Climate Change, Disaster, and Reconstruction, 3 credits
Christien Tompkins – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote; Platform – Canvas

207 Prehistoric Archaeology of Europe, 3 credits
Dan Cabanes – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday, Thursday 9:15-10:35 am; Platform: Canvas

220 Food and Culture, 3 credits
Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday, Thursday 12:35-1:55 pm; Platform: Canvas
pdf Preliminary Syllabus sp 21 (223 KB)

248 Anthro of China, 3 credits
Louisa Schein – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Tuesday 2:15-5:15 pm; Platform: Canvas

283 French Gastronomy (x-list French Dept., taught in English), 3 credits
Ana Pairet – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday, Thursday 9:50-11:10 am (CAC time); Platform: Canvas

297 Current Iss. in Evolutionary Anthro: Intro to Microbiomes (x-list Microbiology), 3 credits
Gloria Dominguez-Bello – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Tuesday, Thursday 3:55-5:15 pm; Platform: Canvas

302 Culture and Environment, 3 credits
David Hughes – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday, Thursday 9:15-10:35 am; Platform: Canvas
pdf Preliminary Syllabus (148 KB)
Prerequisites can be waived for this course. See process at top of course list.

312 Language and Diversity, 3 credits
Kate Riley – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Tuesday 12:35-3:35 pm; Platform: Canvas

322 Global Islam, 3 credits
Becky Schulthies – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Wednesday 2:15-5:15 pm; Platform: Canvas

330 Archaeology of Australia, 3 credits
Carmel Schrire – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Tuesday 12:35-3:353 pm; Platform: Sakai
Prerequisites can be waived for this course. See process at top of course list.

342 Urban Ecologies, 3 credits
Bridget Purcell - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Wednesday 2:15-5:15 pm; Platform: Canvas

348 Primate Behav. Ecology, 3 credits
Erin Vogel – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday, Thursday 10:55 am-12:15; Platform: Canvas
Prerequisites can be waived for this course. See process at top of course list.

356 Human Variation, 3 credits
Susan Cachel – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote; Platform: Sakai

367 Anthro Goes to the Movies, 3 credits
Pilar Rau – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous Remote, Platform: Canvas

371 Politics of Culture, 3 credits
Bridget Purcell - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Tuesday 3:55-6:55 pm; Platform: Canvas

376 Power and Difference: Race as Ethnographic Problem, 3 credits
Christien Tompkins – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchromous remote; Platform: Canvas

377 Evolution and Religion, 3 credits
Lee Cronk – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday 9:15 am-12:15; Platform: Sakai
  pdf Preliminary Syllabus sp 21 (124 KB)

380 Culture, Memory, and History, 3 credits
Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday, Thursday 10:55 am-12:15; Platform: Canvas
pdf Preliminary Syllabus sp 21 (238 KB)

381 Pottery Analysis in Archaeology, 3 credits
Keri Sansevere – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote; Platform: Canvas
Prerequisites can be waived for this course. See process at top of course list.

386 Internship in Anthropology, 3 credits
Pilar Rau – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Individual projects by arrangement

392 Faunal Analysis, 3 credits
Hylke de Jong – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote; Platform: Canvas

407 Documenting Latino Lives (xlist Latin Carib Studies), 3 credits
Ulla Berg – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday 12:00-3:00 pm (LIV time); Platform: Canvas

408 Video Production Lab (xlist Latin Carib Studies), 1 credit – taken with 407
Ulla Berg – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Approved in-person lab, LIV, Wednesday 1:40-3:00 pm; Platform: Canvas

417 Writing Ethnography, 3 credits
Bridget Purcell - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Monday 12:35-3:35 pm; Platform: Canvas

422 Theories in Physical Anthropology, 3 credits
Susan Cachel – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
asynchronous remote; Platform: Sakai

491 Capstone in Evolutionary Medicine, 1 credit, class runs 2nd 7 wks, 3/9 to 5/3/21
Siobain Duffy – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
synchronous remote, Friday 10:55 am-12:15; Platform: Canvas

498 Honors in Anthropology, 3 credits (second 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

QUICK LIST fall 2020 Courses, Instructors and Technology
with some Preliminary Syllabi:

101 Culture and Social Life, 4 credits
Omar Dewachi – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Synchronous Remote – lectures Monday, Thursday, 9:15-10:35 AM; recitations various times
Platform - Canvas,
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Preliminary Syllabus (507 KB)

102 Intro to Human Evolution, 4 credits
Susan Cachel – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asynchronous Remote , Platform - Sakai
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
NOTE – lab fees will not be collected for fall 2020
pdf Syllabus (246 KB)

108 Language, Culture and Society, 3 credits
Becky Schulthies – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asynchronous Remote, Platform - Sakai
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Preliminary Syllabus (1.03 MB)

111 Extinction, 4 credits
Rob Scott – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; David Hughes – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Synchronous Remote - Lectures Monday, Wednesday 2:15-3:35 pm;
Recitations various, some asynchronous; Platform – Canvas
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Preliminary Syllabus (677 KB)

112 World Prehistory, 3 credits
Dan Cabanes – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Synchronous remote - Monday, Thursday, 9:15-10:35 AM, Platform – Canvas
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Preliminary Syllabus (73 KB)

161 Anthro of Robots and Artificial Intelligence - 1.5 credits, class runs 10/21/20 to 12/8/20
Pilar Rau – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asynchronous Remote, Platform – Canvas
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner

162 Great Excavations in the Garden State - 1.5 credits, class runs 10/21/20 to 12/8/20
Keri Sansevere – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asynchronous Remote, Platform – Canvas
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner; high-speed internet recommended
pdf Preliminary Syllabus (315 KB)
pdf Flyer (772 KB)

163 Islands and Lost Continents - 1.5 credits, class runs 10/21/20 to 12/8/20
Hylke de Jong – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asynchronous Remote, Platform – Canvas
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Syllabus (334 KB)

201 Evolution and Human Behavior, 3 credits
Lee Cronk – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Synchronous remote; Monday, Thursday 12:35-1:55 pm; Platform - Sakai
Students need a computer. No need for a webcam or microphone
pdf Syllabus (38 KB)

212 The Life of Primates, 3 credits
Ryne Palombit - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asynchronous Remote, Platform - Sakai
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Syllabus (1.76 MB)

215 Survey of Fossil Primates, 3 credits
Susan Cachel – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asynchronous Remote, Platform - Sakai
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Syllabus (238 KB)

223 Anthro of Latin America, 3 credits
Pilar Rau - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Synchronous Remote, Wednesday 2:15-5:15 pm; Platform – Canvas
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner

225 Gender in Global Perspective, 3 credits
Kate Riley – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asynchronous Remote, Platform – Canvas
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Syllabus (846 KB)

238 Anthro of Europe, 3 credits
Kate Riley – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asynchronous Remote, Platform – Canvas
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Preliminary Syllabus (846 KB)

307 Medical Anthropology, 3 credits
Omar Dewachi – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Synchronous remote, Wednesday 2:15-5:15 pm; Platform - Canvas
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Preliminary Syllabus (547 KB)

308 Anthropology of Religion, 3 credits
Bridget Purcell –This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Synchronous remote, Wednesday 5:35-8:35 pm; Platform - Sakai
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner, high speed internet
pdf Preliminary Syllabus (727 KB)

309 Visual Anthropology, 3 credits
Pilar Rau - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asynchronous Remote, Platform – Canvas
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner

313 Historical Archaeology, 3 credits
Carmel Schrire – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Aynchronous Remote, Platform – Sakai
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Preliminary Course Schedule
(1.19 MB)

pdf Preliminary Course Syllabus (531 KB)

314 Prehistoric Funerary Archaeology, 3 credits
Dan Cabanes – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Synchronous remote Monday, Thursday 10:55 am-12:15 pm; Platform – Canvas
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Preliminary Syllabus (78 KB)

327 Life in the Early Holocene, 3 credits
Hylke de Jong - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asynchronous Remote, Platform - Canvas
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Syllabus (238 KB)

331 Xenophobia and the Other in Europe Today, 3 credits
Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Synchronous remote Thursday 2:15-5:15 pm; Platform - Sakai
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Syllabus (190 KB)

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.
Synchronous remote Tuesday 9:15 am-12:15 pm; Platform - Sakai
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Preliminary Syllabus (903 KB)

383 Anthropology and Activism: Debt, 3 credits
Bridget Purcell - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Synchronous remote, Monday 2:15-5:15 pm; Platform - Sakai
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner, high speed internet

386 Internship in Anthropology, 3 credits
Pilar Rau – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Individual projects by arrangement

490 Preparation for Honors Thesis, 1 credit
For juniors only, preparing for honors thesis or capstone project
Hylke de Jong – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asynchronous Remote
Technology Needed - Webcam, Microphone, Phone Camera or Scanner
pdf Syllabus (250 KB)

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 2020 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.

Matthew Baldes
Olivia Boss
Rohan Ferriols Alibutud
Christopher Kotkin

 

Anthropology Department 11th Annual Honors Symposium Awards
Honors students’ presentations of their work are judged based on the merits of the thesis work and quality of presentation.

Olivia Boss – First Prize
Rohan Ferriols Alibutud – First Prize

  pdf Honors Symposium Program spring 2020 (1.01 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

Matthew Baldes – Highest Honors
Research topic: Area 116 and the Burgi Unconformity; Advisor Craig Feibel, Second Reader Kenneth Miller (Earth and Planetary Sciences); Majors Evolutionary Anthropology and Geological Sciences

Olivia Boss – Highest Honors
Research topic: Comparative dental microwear textural analysis: Pitheciines, Alouatta, and Ateles; Advisor Rob Scott, Second Reader Hylke de Jong; Major Evolutionary Anthropology

Brianna Christian – High Honors
Research topic: Do nothing without intention: Politics of care and authority as commanded by communities of Black women: Advisor Christien Tompkins, Second Reader Bridget Purcell; Major Cultural Anthropology

Rohan Ferriols Alibutud – Highest Honors
Research topic: Prioritization of autism candidate genes from whole-genome sequences of affected families; Advisors Jinchuan Xing (Genetics) and Erin Vogel, Second Reader James Millonig (Center for Advanced Biotechnology & Medicine); Majors Evolutionary Anthropology and Genetics

Christopher Kotkin – Highest Honors
Research topic: FTIR Analysis of Ceramics from the Roman Villa of Vacone; Advisor Dan Cabanes, Second Reader Gary Farney (History, Rutgers, Newark); Major Anthropology

Frank Short – High Honors
Research topic: An Investigation of Orangutan Bimaturism through Continuous-Time Movement Modeling; Advisor Erin Vogel, Second Reader Richard Lathrop (SEBS – Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources); Major Evolutionary Anthropology

Nishita Patel - Interdisciplinary Honors
Research topic: An Analysis of Preventative and Curative Medicine Practices in Rural and Metropolitan Gujarat; Advisor Pilar Rau, Second Reader Omar Dewachi; Major Biological Sciences, Minor Cultural Anthropology

 

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.
Office Hours from January 21 to April 28, 2020: Tuesdays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm or By Appointment

 

Find out how to earn honors in anthropology.

University Academic Integrity Policy

 

 

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.