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Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human beings from all times and all places, offering holistic, comparative, international, and humanistic perspective. In studying and interpreting the vast range of similarities and differences in human societies and cultures, anthropologists also seek to understand how people themselves make sense of the world in which they live. The Department of Anthropology at Brown is a vibrant, award-winning group of scholars working primarily in the subfields of cultural anthropology, archaeology, and anthropological linguistics.  The concentration provides students with a broad introduction to the discipline and includes the major subdisciplines of the field: sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, anthropological linguistics, and biological anthropology. The department also allows students to pursue the Engaged Scholars Program. ESP is for students with an interest in making deeper connections between their concentration curriculum and long-term engaged activities such as internships, public service, humanitarian and development work, archaeological excavations, and many other possible forms of community involvement. 

Students who declared a concentration prior to fall 2019 can refer to concentration requirements here: https://bulletin.brown.edu/archive/2018-19/the-college/concentrations/anth/

General Anthropology Track

Choose one foundational course in sociocultural, linguistic anthropology, or medical anthropology:1
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Culture and Health
Sound and Symbols: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
Choose one foundational course in archaeology or biological anthropology:1
Human Evolution
Past Forward: Discovering Anthropological Archaeology
Choose one of the following courses in anthropological methodology, to prepare students for further research: 1
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis
Material Culture Practicum
The Human Skeleton
The Archaeology of College Hill
Ethnographic Research Methods
Five additional courses in anthropology of the student's choosing. At least three of these electives will need to be at the 1000-level to meet the requirements of the concentration. 5
ANTH 1990Senior Seminar: (Re)Making Anthropology1
Total Credits9

Medical Anthropology Track

ANTH 0300Culture and Health1
Two courses in at least two of the four major subfields of anthropology:2
Choose one:
Human Evolution
Past Forward: Discovering Anthropological Archaeology
Choose any one 0000 or 1000-level course in socio-cultural anthropology or linguistic anthropology such as:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology and Global Social Problems: Environment, Development, and Governance
Sound and Symbols: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
Language and Migration
Anthropology of China
Middle East in Anthropological Perspective
Religion and Culture
Anthropology of Disasters
Anthropology and International Development: Ethnographic Perspectives on Poverty and Progress
Ethnography + Social Critique
ANTH 1940Ethnographic Research Methods1
At least one 1000-level course in medical anthropology such as: 11
Bioethics and Culture
Anthropology of Addictions and Recovery
Anthropology of Homelessness
International Health: Anthropological Perspectives
An additional three anthropology courses of the student's choosing. At least two of the electives must be at the 1000-level to meet the general requirements of the concentration. 3
At least one non-anthropology course in the natural sciences, public health, or psychology that focuses on human health to give students basic exposure to the science of human physical and/or mental health. This course is in addition to the nine courses required in ANTH. 21
ANTH 1990Senior Seminar: (Re)Making Anthropology1
Total Credits10

Socio-Cultural Anthropology Track

ANTH 0100Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1
One course in archaeology or biological anthropology:1
Human Evolution
Past Forward: Discovering Anthropological Archaeology
ANTH 1940Ethnographic Research Methods1
At least two 1000-level courses that focus on specific aspects of sociocultural methods or theories, or in a particular region:2
Anthropology of China
Middle East in Anthropological Perspective
Religion and Culture
Bioethics and Culture
Anthropology of Disasters
Anthropology of Addictions and Recovery
Anthropology of Homelessness
International Health: Anthropological Perspectives
Anthropology and International Development: Ethnographic Perspectives on Poverty and Progress
Ethnography + Social Critique
An additional three anthropology courses of the student's choosing. At least one of the electives must be at the 1000-level to meet the general requirements of the concentration. 3
ANTH 1990Senior Seminar: (Re)Making Anthropology1
Total Credits9

Linguistic Anthropology Track

ANTH 0800Sound and Symbols: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology1
One additional course in linguistic anthropology from the following: 1
Language and Migration
Language and Power
Two other foundational courses in anthropology: 2
Choose one:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Culture and Health
Choose one:
Human Evolution
Past Forward: Discovering Anthropological Archaeology
ANTH 1940Ethnographic Research Methods1
ANTH 1990Senior Seminar: (Re)Making Anthropology1
An additional three anthropology courses of the student's choosing. At least two of the electives must be at the 1000-level to meet the requirements of the concentration. 3
At least one general course focusing on aspects of linguistic structure. 11
At least one language course (one semester) in any language other than English 21
Total Credits11

Anthropological Archaeology Track

ANTH 0500Past Forward: Discovering Anthropological Archaeology1
ANTH 0100Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1
Choose one course in anthropological archaeology methodology: 11
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis
Material Culture Practicum
The Archaeology of College Hill
Choose one course that involves detailed archaeological investigation of a geographic region: 21
Classic Mayan Civilization
Ethnographies of Heritage: Community and Landscape of the Mediterranean and Beyond
Vertical Civilization: South American Archaeology from Monte Verde to the Inkas
Indians, Colonists, and Africans in New England
Maize Gods and Feathered Serpents: Mexico and Central America in Antiquity
Ancient Maya Writing
Southwestern Archaeology
One 1000-level course in anthropologywith signifcant archaeological, material culture, and/or museum studies component. A second geogrpahic area course from the list above may be used to meet this requirement. Other regularly offered courses that meet this requirement include: 31
Indigenous Archaeologies
Global Historical Archaeology
Archaeology of Death
Lost Languages: The Decipherment and Study of Ancient Writing Systems
Three anthropology courses of the student's choosing. At least one of the electives must be at the 1000-level to meet the general requirements of the concentration. 3
ANTH 1990Senior Seminar: (Re)Making Anthropology1
Total Credits9

Biological Anthropology Track

ANTH 0310Human Evolution1
Choose one foundational course in cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, or linguistic anthropology:1
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Culture and Health
Sound and Symbols: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 1720The Human Skeleton1
Five anthropology courses of the student's choosing. At least three of the electives must be at the 1000-level to meet the requirements of the concentration. 5
At least one non-anthropology course with a biological focus. Any course with a BIOL subject code can be used to fulfill this requirement. Students are especially encouraged to consider a course with a significant content devoted to genetics and/or evolutionary theory. This course is in addition to the nine courses required in ANTH. 1
Choose at least one course in statistics. This course is in addition to the nine courses required in ANTH. Possible courses include: 11
Essential Statistics
Statistical Analysis of Biological Data
Statistical Methods
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Introductory Statistics for Social Research
Essentials of Data Analysis
ANTH 1990Senior Seminar: (Re)Making Anthropology1
Total Credits11

Engaged Scholars Program

The Engaged Scholars Program in Anthropology is geared for anthropology concentrators who are especially interested in making deeper connections between their concentration curriculum and long-term engagement with local communities in Providence and beyond. Engaged scholars combine hands-on experiences such as internships, public service, humanitarian and development work with their academic learning in order to develop a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, social engagement. While most anthropology courses have some sort of ‘engaged’ element, being an Engaged Scholar in Anthropology means making a commitment to engaging more actively and intensively with the communities in which a student is living.

Requirements for Engaged Scholars in Anthropology 

Requirement information can be found at the Anthropology website: https://www.brown.edu/academics/anthropology/undergraduate-program/engaged-scholars-program

Honors

Candidates for honors should apply to the concentration advisor by the end of his or her 6th semester, but no later than the 4th week of the 7th semester. An application consists of a brief statement addressing the focus of a proposed thesis and the names and signatures of two faculty members from the Department of Anthropology who have agreed to serve as the student's honors committee—one as honors thesis advisor, the other as a reader. Candidates for honors are required to:

1. Fulfill the standard concentration requirements. 

2. Take two additional courses, usually , which may be used for thesis preparation.

3. Have a majority of A's in the concentration.

4. Submit an approved honors thesis.

Field Work

Concentrators interested in archaeology are urged to obtain training in field archaeology by participating in Brown-sponsored field research, or by participating in an archaeological field school elsewhere.