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Department of Anthropology

Professors: G. Pope, T. Gundling

Associate Professors: A. Barrow, B. Natrajan(chair), M. Villar

Assistant Professors: J. Cunningham, M. Kromidas

Anthropology is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of human nature. It takes the broadest view of what it means to be human, integrating the study of biology and culture. With its global perspective and holistic approach, anthropology not only provides a solid liberal arts education, but prepares students for a wide range of occupations.

A major in anthropology allows students to develop a special awareness of ethnic and cultural differences and equips them with a variety of methods to address basic human concerns. In addition to preparing students for graduate studies, such training provides a strong background for careers in advertising, business, criminology, education, government and international service, journalism, public health, and psychology. The inter-disciplinary nature of anthropology also makes it an ideal minor for students in other programs who seek an appreciation of different cultural perspectives in this age of global economics.

The anthropology major gives students the flexibility to tailor a curriculum to fit their individual career goals and to prepare them for other specialty areas. An emphasis on “applied anthropology” is available to students who wish to examine specific problems related to modern human societies. The focus is on developing an understanding of existing cultural issues in a global context and identifying potential solutions. Students who choose an applied emphasis are encouraged by advisement to elect particular courses in other disciplines or to pursue a double major. Independent studies, field studies, and internships in archaeology, physical anthropology, and cultural anthropology are encouraged to provide students with opportunities to develop specialized knowledge in a major area of anthropological interest.

Honors Society

Lambda Alpha, the National Honors Society in Anthropology (Gamma of New Jersey Chapter)

Lambda Alpha seeks to “encourage and stimulate research in anthropology by recognizing and honoring superiority in the discipline among students, faculty, and other persons engaged in the study of anthropology.” Undergraduates who have completed at least 12 credits in anthropology with an average grade in these courses of not less than “B” (3.0 GPA) and a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0 are eligible for membership, and are encouraged to work with faculty on mutually advantageous programs. Lambda Alpha awards annual national scholarships to outstanding seniors and juniors and publication space for students in the Lambda Alpha Journal. For more information, please contact the Department of Anthropology, 973.720.2433.

Honors Track Program

The Social Sciences Honors Track is intended primarily for motivated anthropology, political science, psychology, and sociology majors, though interested students from other majors can apply. For further information on this track, consult the coordinator.

Certification Requirements

The anthropology major may serve for teaching certification in elementary education. Please see the chairperson in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education for the appropriate certification sequence.

Programs Offered

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