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Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Anthropology includes two tracks: 

Distinguished faculty in these areas enable the program to attract outstanding graduate students who excel in national research grant competitions. Students find a supportive environment, accessible faculty, and superb research resources.

Most students enter directly into the Ph.D. program and earn a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree along the way after completing the necessary courses and paper work. Some students enter the Ph.D. program with a Masters degree in hand and may apply to transfer up to 24 credits from graduate anthropology courses taken elsewhere in the last six years. Students may also apply to the Master's program, either making an M.A. their ultimate or "terminal" goal, or reapplying to the Ph.D. program after completion of the M.A.

The Graduate Program in Anthropology has recently revived its terminal MA degree. Like the Ph.D. program, a student is accepted in the MA program on the basis of an outstanding undergraduate record; strong GRE scores; strong letters of recommendation; and because her/his interests match well with the expertise of one or more members of the Graduate Faculty in Anthropology. For more information on the MA program application procedures and requirements, please visit MA in Anthropology.

The graduate admissions personnel in the Department of Anthropology are:

Dr. Erin Vogel, Graduate Director
Room 209B, Biological Science Building, Douglass Campus
(848) 932-9277
erin.vogel@.rutgers.edu

Bibi Safiena Salaman, Graduate Program Assistant
Room 307, Ruth Adams Building, Douglass Campus
(848) 932-9210
bss136@anthropology.rutgers.edu 

Prospective Graduate Students

The Graduate Program in Anthropology includes two tracks:

Distinguished faculty in these areas enable the program to attract outstanding graduate students who excel in national research grant competitions. Students find a supportive environment, accessible faculty, and superb research resources.

Most students enter directly into the Ph.D. program and earn a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree along the way after completing the necessary courses and paper work. Some students enter the Ph.D. program with a Masters degree in hand and may apply to transfer up to 24 credits from graduate anthropology courses taken elsewhere in the last six years. Students may also apply to the Master's program, either making an M.A. their ultimate or "terminal" goal, or reapplying to the Ph.D. program after completion of the M.A.

The graduate admissions personnel in the Department of Anthropology are:

Dr. Erin Vogel, Graduate Director
Room 209B, Biological Sciences Building, Douglass Campus
Erin.vogel@rutgers.edu

Bibi Safiena Salaman, Graduate Program Assistant
Room 307, Ruth Adams Building, Douglass Campus
(848) 932-9210
Bsalaman@anthropology.rutgers.edu

 

Current Graduate Students

The Graduate Program in Anthropology includes two tracks:

Distinguished faculty in these areas enable the program to attract outstanding graduate students who excel in national research grant competitions. Students find a supportive environment, accessible faculty, and superb research resources.

Most students enter directly into the Ph.D. program and earn a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree along the way after completing the necessary courses and paper work. Some students enter the Ph.D. program with a Masters degree in hand and may apply to transfer up to 24 credits from graduate anthropology courses taken elsewhere in the last six years. On rare occasions, students are accepted into just the Master's program, either making an M.A. their ultimate or "terminal" goal, or reapplying to the Ph.D. program after completion of the M.A.

The graduate admissions personnel in the Department of Anthropology are:

Dr. Dorothy L. Hodgson, Graduate Director
Room 303, Ruth Adams Building, Douglass Campus
dhodgson@rci.rutgers.edu

 

Bibi Safiena Salaman , Graduate Program Assistant
Room 307, Ruth Adams Building, Douglass Campus
(848) 932-9210
bss136@anthropology.rutgers.edu

Courses

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Learning Goals and Assessment

Graduate Program in Anthropology

Ph.D. Degree Learning Goals and Assessment

The doctoral program in Anthropology trains students at the highest level to assume leadership roles in research, teaching, and applied work in fields related to Cultural and Evolutionary Anthropology.

Learning Goal 1 for Students: Master the existing scholarship in the study of Anthropology with the goal of using this scholarship in the pursuit of their own research.

Assessment of graduate student achievement of Goal 1:
•  Grades in graduate courses
•  Completion of two field statements assessing depth and breadth of knowledge in two defined areas of Anthropology
•  Review by faculty of student progress with close advising and mentoring
•  Placement in positions and careers that require ability and scholarship in this field.

Roles of the Graduate Program in Anthropology in helping students to achieve Goal 1:
•  Close advising to assure that students are being prepared in a coherent and academically rigorous fashion
•  Effective monitoring of student progress by the faculty advisor, the dissertation committee, and the graduate program director, including an annual review of all students by the Graduate Faculty
•  Exit surveys completed by students upon graduation
•  Evaluations of teaching effectiveness of instructors in graduate courses
    o If effectiveness is below expectations, work with instructors to improve effectiveness
•  Periodic review of curricular offerings and assessment tools
    o By program faculty
    o In consultation with the office of the dean of the graduate school and/or the unit dean

Learning Goal 2 for Students: Engage in and conduct original research

Assessment of graduate student achievement of Goal 2:
•  Preparation and defense of Ph.D. dissertation proposal
•  Engage in and conduct original research, using methods appropriate to the research project
•  Assessment of quality of Ph.D. dissertation:
    o Public defense of dissertation
    o Critical reading of dissertation by committee of graduate faculty members and a committee member from outside of the graduate program
•  Achievement of students as evidenced by professional placement, selection for conference presentations, peer-reviewed publications and individual grant attainment.

Roles of the Graduate Program in Anthropology in helping students to achieve Goal 2:
•  Host Second Year Colloquium, in addition to providing students with other opportunities to present research and receive feedback
•  Provide early introduction and training in research methods, design of grant applications, and preparation of research proposals
•  Maintain adequate funding levels through the research phase
•  Provide comprehensive advising and assist in the identification of mentors
• Provide assistance to students seeking external funding via Grad Fund-The Resource Center for Graduate Student External Support
•  Facilitate process of applying to the Graduate School for supplemental funding for graduate student travel and summer research

Learning Goal 3 for Students: Prepare to be professionals in careers that require training at the highest level in Anthropology

Assessment of graduate student achievement of Goal 3:
•  Review evidence of scholarly activity
•  Evaluations of teaching effectiveness of graduate instructors
•  Participation of students in professionalization activities offered by the department
•  Collection of placement data
•  Review by external advisory committees, both inside of and external to the academy

Roles of the Graduate Program in Anthropology in helping students to achieve Goal 2:
• Promote and provide experience and training in teaching
    o Encourage student involvement in programs associated with the Teaching Assistant Project
    o Encourage enrollment in Introduction to College Teaching I and II
    o Evaluations of TAs by faculty supervisors
• Foster the development of a scholarly community through regular programatic offerings
    o Host Wednesday Workshops and other events that promote professional development programs in such areas as human subjects research, library use, course management software, interview skills, presentation skills, development of cvs, use of research tools, and proposal writing
    o Develop or enhance programs related to job and networking skills, including activity in professional societies and preparation for necessary certifications.
    o Offer frequent community-building activities, including potlucks, lecture series,  and so on
•  Facilitate flexible options for students with interdisciplinary interests, and encourage students to consider certificates in interdisciplinary programs
•  Acquaint students with non-academic career opportunities.

The leadership of the Anthropology graduate program will regularly review the structure and content of the PhD program and the feedback received from assessments and surveys. These reviews will be used to provide the best possible education to students in order to meet the needs for highly trained individuals in the fields of Cultural and Evolutionary Anthropology.

 

Undergraduate Program


 

WHAT IS ANTHROPOLOGY?
Anthropology is the study of the ways of life of people around the world, both those existing in the present and those known only from the archaeological and paleontological record. It focuses on understanding humans through a comparative perspective, one that teaches students to be acute observers and analysts of human behavior. Many social sciences focus on understanding human behavior, but only anthropology seeks to understand the whole panorama of human existence in both geographic space and over long periods of time.

WHY MAJOR IN ANTHROPOLOGY?
Like other liberal arts disciplines, 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. 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.

 

MAJORS AND MINORS IN ANTHROPOLOGY

Department of Anthropology Majors:

Department of Anthropology Minors:

 

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MAJOR IN ANTHROPOLOGY?
Demand for anthropologists in the job market has been on the increase in recent years, stimulated by a growing need for analysts and researchers with sharp thinking skills who can manage, evaluate, and interpret the large volume of data on human behavior. What we know about the future marketplace indicates a need for the type of global, holistic knowledge that an anthropological perspective brings. Majoring in Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, or Evolutionary Anthropology prepares students for a wide variety of occupations and careers. For example, students with a strong anthropology background have found employment in non-governmental organizations; museums; cultural resource management firms; government agencies; health care organizations; local, national, and international businesses; and as translators, social workers, journalists, and teachers. In addition, an anthropology major is excellent preparation for students seeking advanced professional degrees in such areas as business or law or who plan to pursue graduate education in anthropology.

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.

Read more about becoming an anthropology major.

Find out about the advising process for declaring an anthropology major or minor.

Read a description of all the anthropology courses in the undergraduate catalog .

Find out how to earn honors in anthropology.

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NEW: Find out about the Rutgers chapter of Lambda Alpha , the national honor society for student anthropologists.

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News and Events

The Anthropology Departement celebrated the first annual Honors Symposium, April 9, 2010.  Honors students displayed posters featuring their research and discussed their findings with visitors.  Their work was judged by the Undergraduate Program Committee.  Winners to be announced.

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Courses

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Rutgers Undergraduate Anthropology Club

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Visiting Assistant Professor and Research Associates

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Dr. Lionel Tiger

Lionel Tiger is the Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University. His title reflects his pioneering role in introducing biosocial data into the social sciences. Since the mid-1960's he has been deeply involved in bridging the gap between the natural and social sciences. He has asserted that the words used appear to imply that human social behavior is somehow not natural. But of course it is. Exploring how and why is Tiger's central adventure. As a teacher, writer of books and articles which have been widely published and translated and as co-Research Director of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, he has been an influential figure in broadening our knowledge about why we do what we do.

email: ltiger@anthropology.rutgers.edu

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