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  • Davidson in Ghana

    The Davidson in Ghana summer program in Kumasi includes a one-credit course on culture and society, a one-credit course on performing arts, a service project or an internship, and excursions into other regions of Ghana.

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    Davidson in Ghana
  • Spreading the Word

    Many anthropology courses involve research-based projects that result in posters to be presented in class and at campus poster sessions. Course topics could include the anthropology of development and environmental sustainability, and language before history.

    Samson Teaching Class
  • Forensic Art

    Independent studies allow students to explore unique topics of interest. Prof. Helen Cho has guided an independent study in forensic art and anthropology with reconstructing the face of a human skull from the department's bone lab as the final project.

    Helen Cho with Student
  • New Media Courses

    A frequent instructor of ANT 372: "Visualizing Anthropology," in which Davidson students study and produce ethnographic documentaries, Prof. Fuji Lozada knows the power of visual media to convey information to wide audiences. "We live in a mediated world," he said. "I want my students to be fluent in the primary language the world is using to communicate."

    Lozada Teaching Class


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Anthropology Department

Anthropology endeavors to examine human biology and behavior from a holistic viewpoint. That is, anthropologists consider the social, cultural, linguistic, historical, and biological factors shaping different cultures and populations worldwide. Although traditionally anthropologists have been associated with the study of small-scale societies, today they increasingly turn their attention to the problems of complex industrial societies and the processes of globalization.

A hallmark of anthropological study is fieldwork in which anthropologists engage their subjects in contexts beyond the classroom and library. Students interested in sociocultural anthropology may carry out participant observation and personal interviews at public gatherings or performances, conduct archival research, or apply their anthropological knowledge while working with community organizations. Biological anthropology students may gain experience in our Human Skeletal Identification Laboratory, while archaeology students have opportunities for off-campus summer fieldwork. Many of our majors also elect to study off-campus, either abroad or in a domestic program that addresses their academic interests.

Anthropology courses also form part of the curricula of several other programs and concentrations, including Africana Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, and the concentrations in Archaeology and East Asian Studies.