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CATALOG • 2010-2011

Anthropology – Minor

For information, contact Catherine Cameron
Anthropology is the study of humankind, in the broadest sense, from prehistory to the present, and in a variety of global settings. At Cedar Crest, emphasis is given to cultural anthropology, the field that deals with the description and analysis of contemporary cultures, both familiar and exotic. However, through cognate and LVAIC courses, students can study archeology and prehistory, too. Courses cover a broad array of topics such as family systems, political arrangements, religious belief systems and ritual, expressive culture, as well as issues that pertain to race, gender roles and relations and cultural dislocation.

The program offers students the opportunity to do supervised fieldwork in the local community, internships at historical and cultural agencies, as well as abroad. The program is useful for those who wish to work in any field of community studies, social services, heritage management and museum studies, law and government, or education.

Requirements for the Anthropology Minor (18 credits)

The minor requires ANT 100 and five additional courses.
ANT 100 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
ANT 210 Introduction to Archeology 3 credits
ANT 215 World Music 3 credits
ANT 219 Human Evolution and Prehistory 3 credits
ANT 225 Tourism and Pilgrimage 3 credits
ANT 230 Cultures of the Caribbean 3 credits
ANT 235 Internship/Field Experience (old Field School in Caribbean anthropology)
ANT 250 American Communities in Transition 3 credits
ANT 310 Women in the Developing World 3 credits
ANT 360 Special Topics/ Sr. Thesis
ANT 390 Independent Study 3 credits

Self-Designing an Anthropology Major

A number of students over the years have self-designed an anthropology major using the existing Cedar Crest anthropology courses, along with cognate course (such as Religious Studies and/or courses at other LVAIC colleges in the Lehigh Valley). The Faculty mentor will guide your proposal (with course listings, LAC courses, timetable for completion, and number of credits). The credit load can be as low as 36-40 up to 60, depending on interest and the addition of minors. The thrust of the major can be in the cultural or archeological direction. The proposal goes to a faculty committee for review (CAPC). Generally, these proposals are approved.  They may be amended as the student progresses.
An alternative to self-designing is to consider the new Global Studies major.  The concentration called Religion, Culture, and Society offers the opportunity to take most of the anthropology courses available.
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