Anthropology is the systematic study of human behavior and experience over time and space as reflected in thousands of cultures around the world. Its primary concerns are to
- Understand the origins of human behavior and culture over 6-7 million years of hominin evolution and 2.5 million years of human evolution.
- Understand the diversity of the human condition based on historical, archaeological, ethnographic and biological perspectives.
- Utilize a wide range of anthropological data derived from participant observation and ethnographic interviews, archaeological and paleontological excavation, field studies of non-human primates, and laboratory work to understand human behavior.
- Address modern social problems by critically appraising and analyzing anthropological data.
Admission to the Program
Any undergraduate student can declare this major.
The major consists of 39 credits as follows:
- ANT201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- ANT202 Introduction to Archaeology
- ANT203 Introduction to Human Evolution
- ANT220 Ethnographic Experience
- ANT470 Professional Development
- ANT471 Anthropological Theory
- TWO methods courses (6 credits) from:
- ANT383 Cultural Anthropology Methods
- ANT384 Archaeological Methods
- ANT385 Biological Anthropology Methods
- TWO 400-level anthropology courses from within a single sub-discipline (6 credits) by advisement
- THREE anthropology electives numbered 300-499 (9 credits) by advisement
Departmental Honors, BA in Anthropology
To graduate with honors in anthropology, the student must:
- Complete the requirements for a BA in anthropology. (BS students are not eligible)
- Complete a minimum of 12 credits in anthropology at Brockport by the end of the junior year
- Maintain a GPA in anthropology of 3.4 or higher, and 3.25 or higher overall
- Complete the following elective, earning a minimum grade of "A-"
- ANT 496 Senior Thesis
Note: the requirements for the thesis can be obtained from the department.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of a bachelors degree in anthropology, students will be able to:
- Define basic concepts and methods in archaeology, biological anthropology and cultural anthropology
- Frame relevant anthropological questions and select appropriate data-collection techniques in order to answer them
- Use relevant theoretical frameworks, employing qualitative or quantitative information, to address anthropological questions
- Identify the parameters of an anthropological problem and use comparative analysis to formulate relevant questions
- Describe the diversity of the human condition based on historical, archaeological, ethnographic or biological perspectives
- Utilize anthropologically-derived data and concepts/perspectives to clarify issues of contemporary relevance
- Follow the appropriate procedures and protocols for obtaining informed consent or access permissions, in order to avoid harm or wrong to one’s human or non-human subjects and descendants