In recognition of the broad interdisciplinary nature of the field, the Department of Anthropology offers a wide range of options including the major, two interdisciplinary majors (geography-anthropology and sociology-anthropology), and a correlate sequence. At all levels of the curriculum, students have opportunities to carry out anthropological field work under professional conditions.
Courses available to first-year students include Cultural Anthropology (Anthropology 140), which is required of all majors, Archaeology (Anthropology 100), Human Origins (Anthropology 120), and Linguistics and Anthropology (Anthropology 150).
First-year students with a strong interest in anthropology or some background in the social sciences might also consider Landscape Architecture (Anthropology 231), The Indian Ocean (Anthropology 240), or Mesoamerican Worlds (Anthropology 243, spring 15). Please email the instructor directly with any questions or for additional information.
Majors will also need to take a course in anthropological theory, obtain some field experience, and become familiar with at least two of the other subdisciplines and two cultural regions. Beyond this, students follow their own interests and inclinations with the assistance of departmental faculty.
The following major requirements for Anthropology (ANTH) also appear in the Vassar College Catalogue.
Requirements for Concentration:
12 units including ANTH 140, ANTH 201, ANTH 301, and two additional 300-level Anthropology seminars. It is required that students take ANTH 201 by the end of their junior year and highly recommended that they take it in their sophomore year. ANTH 140 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for ANTH 201. Students are required to take courses in at least three of the four fields of anthropology-archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Students are also required to achieve familiarity with the peoples and cultures of at least two areas of the world. This requirement can be met by taking any two courses in the range from ANTH 235-244. The remaining courses are to be chosen from among the departmental offerings in consultation with the adviser in order to give the student both a strong focus within anthropology and an overall understanding of the field. With the consent of the adviser, students may petition the department to take up to 2 of the 12 required units in courses outside the department which are related to their focus. Once a course plan has been devised, it must be approved by the department faculty.