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 102

Humankind Evolving

Instructor
Cho

Introduction to humanity's biological heritage. Topics include introductory evolutionary theory, population genetics, primate biology and behavior, and the primate fossil record. Principal emphasis upon the fossil evidence for human evolution, with particular focus on biological adaptations and the…

ANT 384

Politics from the Global South

Instructor
Sturtevant

Political thought is produced by people who are themselves situated within global networks of economic and political power. Scholars, activists, and other thinkers in the global south produce theories about politics that are different from the theories produced…

ANT 280

Crime and Criminalization

Instructor
Polson

What counts as a crime? Who decides? What kind of effects does criminalization have on targeted peoples and the broader society? This course examines criminalization as an elaboration of racial capitalism. The course explores this through the experiences of illegalized…