2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology, BA

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Department Chair:

Christopher DeCorse, Chair
209 Maxwell Hall


Douglas V. Armstrong, Mona Bhan, A.H. Peter Castro, Christopher R. DeCorse, Azra Hromadzic, Jok M. Jok, Heather Law-Pezzarossi, Kyrstin Mallon Andrews, Shannon A. Novak, Guido Pezzarossi, Lars Rodseth, Robert A. Rubinstein, Maureen Trudelle Schwarz, Theresa A. Singleton, John Marshall Townsend, Lauren Woodard

Anthropology explores the entire range of human experiences in the past and present. Our department offers undergraduate courses covering the breadth of the discipline, including physical anthropology (the study of human evolution and biological variation); archaeology (the study of prehistoric and historic cultures through material remains); linguistics (the study of language - its structure, historic developments, and social aspects); cultural anthropology (the study of contemporary societies); and applied anthropology (the use of anthropological methods and theory to solve real-world problems). Ongoing research by our faculty and graduate students covers a broad array of topics, from slave settlements in Jamaica to women and development in India; from religious movements in Brazil to sustainable agriculture in Nepal; from forestry in Kenya to the Underground Railroad in Syracuse. Current research sites span the globe, including South and East Asia, South and North America, West and East Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Undergraduate training in anthropology is useful in many fields, including education, international business, law, journalism, cultural resources management and public service. For students interested in future graduate studies in anthropology, our program offers a solid ground in theory, methods, ethics and practical application.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to explore anthropology not only through coursework, but with direct involvement in laboratory research and field work. Our department has fully equipped archaeology and physical anthropology laboratories, providing a variety of research opportunities. A well-established archaeological field training program is offered each summer. Field experience in cultural anthropology is available through community internships, independent studies, and ongoing faculty research. We also recommend that students consider spending a semester or two in another country through the University’s SU Abroad Program, as a way of enhancing their major with true cross-cultural experience. For information, contact the Department of Anthropology Undergraduate Director.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and explain human diversity through the application of core anthropological concepts, theories and data

2. Evaluate competing ideas and generalize from specific data

3. Conduct primary and secondary research projects on anthropological topics and present results effectively both in writing and orally

4. Apply anthropological ideas and knowledge in the analysis of real-world problems

5. Describe and apply ethical and professional principles pertinent to the anthropological research

Major Requirements

The program, leading to a B.A. in anthropology, requires 33 credits in anthropology courses. Of these, 18 credits are taken in required courses and 15 are electives.

Required Courses (18 credits)

  • Introductory Courses: Three courses (9 credits)


Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Total Required Credits: 33

Electives (15 credits)

The student majoring in anthropology is free to enroll in any course offered by the Department of Anthropology as long as the prerequisites for that course are satisfied. All students are encouraged to enroll in elective courses that are of interest to them.

At least 12 of the 15 elective credits required must be at the 300 level and above.

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