The Anthropology Major and Minor at Davidson

The anthropology major and minor provide you with a firm grounding in social theory and the comparative study of human diversity through time and in different world regions.

Major

Course offerings provide introductions to three of the four sub-disciplines of anthropology (sociocultural, biocultural, and archaeological anthropology; linguistics is not currently being offered) and a number of area surveys, supplemented by seminars on anthropological theory and more specialized topics. Elective courses allow you to tailor your major to particular intellectual or career goals, as do independent studies. Many of the upper level courses can be directed to specific regions if you are interested in a particular region of the world.

Anthropology is particularly exciting for those students who want active engagement with their studies. All majors complete a methods requirement involving independent research. Student projects may involve interviewing informants for family histories, researching archives on historical topics, studying ethnic performances or festivals, or a myriad of other possibilities.

Minor

Anthropology is an ideal complement to a number of majors. Anthropological theory has been an important influence in contemporary interpretations of religion, literature, and social history, while the cross-cultural approach of anthropology will be of particular importance to those interested in international careers.

Courses examine issues of race and ethnicity from a variety of perspectives. Offerings in archaeology provide coverage of a number of past time periods and societies as well as theoretical perspectives that usefully supplement offerings of the history department. For those interested in biology, anthropologists have been prominent in primatology (the study of primates), the study of human evolution, forensics, and studies of human ecology, including comparative medical systems, nutrition, and human adaptation. Pre-med students may wish to take advantage of courses in medical anthropology or human evolution. Those studying Africa, the African diaspora, East Asia, and Latin America will also find several courses relevant to their interests.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Laurian Bowles at labowles@davidson.edu.

Courses You Might Take

ANT 101

Intro Cultural Anthropology

Instructor
Cho

Cross-cultural study of systems of knowledge and belief, social and political institutions, economic behavior, and human ecological adaptation. Anthropological approaches to traditional tribal and peasant societies as well as complex contemporary societies.

Required course for the major in…

ANT 321

Borderlands, Identity & Rights

Instructor

Samson

Advanced study of how borders and borderland regions shape social, religious, political, and economic relationships in Latin America, and examination of the tensions created when people and resources cross cultural and political borders. Particular emphasis on Mexico and…

ANT 252

Ancient Maya Civilization

Instructor
Lamoureux-St-Hilaire

An exploration of ancient Maya Civilization, from its beginning, ca.2,000 BCE, to its clash with European invaders, ca. 1.500 CE. Emphasis will be placed on the chronological transformations and geographical variability in the: 1) Interactions between people and…