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 335

Debunking Race

Instructor
Cho

Examines the concept of race from a biocultural perspective, deconstructing race by exploring evidence from population genetics and human origins. Contemporary racial issues such as classification of racial/ethnic groups, and evaluating intelligence and achievement on the basis of…

CIS 140

Introduction to Jewish Studies

Instructor
Neuman

An introduction to the foundational narratives, ethics, laws and values, life-cycle rituals, and key social dilemmas faced by a range of contemporary Jewish communities in the US, Latin America, Israel and the Middle East. Topics of exploration will…

ANT 239

Love, Sex and Globalization

Instructor
S. Cho

How do people experience globalization in their intimate lives? Too often, people understand it simply in terms of the corporate domination of the world by US elites and multinational companies. Missing have been complex accounts of how political-economic…