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Majors and Minors
The Anthropology Department's undergraduate programs investigate human behavior through four emphases, offered as both majors and minors:
Each of these emphases pushes you to develop the qualitative and quantitative analytic skills necessary for both a career and further academic study.
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Anthropological Student Association (ASA)
The Anthropological Student Association (ASA) is a group of undergraduate students who share not just an interest in anthropology, but an interest in salient issues of culture that we face in a globalized and interconnected world. To better learn and combat these issues they host weekly discussions of a particularly interesting topic, they give back a certain level of cultural competency to whomever may need it in the community and they host lecturers in the field who best display that which they value most. In addition, the group provides support for its members through peer advising and a sociable and open atmosphere. Traditionally, ASA meet every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Coffee House. If interested in joining the group please contact Christie Ellis at email@example.com or join via http://lambdaalphacwru.weebly.com/anthropology-student-association.html
The current executive board consists of Christie Ellis (President), Aaron Sepulveda (President), Danielle Turner (Treasurer), and Maggie Kuhl (Secretary).
Ohio Theta Chapter of Lambda Alpha
The Department of Anthropology is now the Ohio Theta Chapter of Lambda Alpha. Lambda Alpha is the international honors society for students of Anthropology. The society provides funding for approved student activities, such as travel and professional conferences and seminars. The national chapter also publishes Lambda Alpha Journals, which appear annually and are internationally distributed. The Journal is committed to reserving 50% of its content for student work. Dr. Vanessa Hildebrand is the faculty sponsor and adviser for the group. Christie Ellis and Aaron Sepulveda are the Co-Presidents. For more information about membership requirements and how to become a charter member click here.
In addition to these programs offered through the Anthropology Department, there is also a sequence for social science emphasizing anthropology in the Engineering Core. Interested students will take ANTH 102 or 103 and two other courses, at least one of these must be a 300-level course.
If you're interested in certain aspects of anthropology, but want to combine your study with another subject area, then look into the six Interdisciplinary Programs that incorporate anthropology:
Study Asian cultures in a multidisciplinary format; understand the social, cultural, and political forces that are shaping these cultures.
Study issues concerning children and childhood experiences: infancy through adolescence, along with parenting, gender, and the place of children in society and culture.
Study and develop fundamental skills in critical and global thinking and in comparative analysis, as well as an understanding of the interactions of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the experiences of a range of social groups.
Study macro and micro evolutionary processes, the history and philosophy of evolutionary thought; emphasize evolutionary theory, ecology and genetics, study of organisms, and the dynamics of evolutionary principles in scientific inquiry.
Study in the program provides students with the ability to read beyond the headlines, to see world events in terms of how they got to be that way, how they fit into broader issues and systems, and how one might imagine their place in shaping the future.
Study a variety of issues of specific interest to women and of general interest to scholars of gender studies across a variety of diverse cultural and historical settings. This study prepares students to think critically and creatively by employing gender as a primary category of analysis.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides helpful information regarding research experiences and funding opportunities for undergraduate students.
For any questions regarding your emphasis in anthropology, talk to your undergraduate advisor.
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This program is open to Anthropology majors who have completed 15 hours of anthropology courses and successfully maintained a 3.25 grade point average in Anthropology and a 3.0 grade point average overall.
The application process consists of arranging a research project with a faculty mentor, providing the faculty member with a transcript to verify the GPA requirements, and agreement on the project. Although an Anthropology SAGES Capstone can be a library research paper, the Honors Tutorial must be a research project. In addition, the Capstone and the Honors must be different projects.
The faculty mentor will give permission for students accepted into the Honors Program to register for ANTH 391 and ANTH 392 Honors Tutorial in the spring of their junior year and the fall of their senior year.
The primary product of the Honors project is a research paper which will be made available for review by all Anthropology faculty before the end of the fall semester of the senior year.
Integrated Graduate Studies (IGS)
The Integrated Graduate Studies (IGS) Program is intended for highly motivated undergraduate students who wish to complete the academic requirements of both a B.A. and M.A. degree in Anthropology. Interested students who fulfill the college requirements for the IGS program (see http://www.case.edu/provost/ugstudies/IGS.htm) must apply to the Anthropology graduate program by the spring semester of their junior year. Details on applying to the graduate program can be found at: http://www.case.edu/artsci/anth/gradprograms.html.
Additional information of the IGS program can be found on page ten of the Department of Anthropology Undergraduate Handbook.
It is possible to obtain the M.A. degree simultaneously with completion of the B.A. degree because courses taken during your senior year can be applied towards the completion of the requirements for both degrees. Course schedules must of course be constructed so that the courses taken during your senior year are appropriate for both degrees. The B.A. degree will be awarded upon meeting all requirements for a baccalaureate degree, which should occur by the end of your senior year. The M.A. degree will be awarded after successfully completing 27 graduate credit hours and 'passing' the comprehensive examination. For more details on the requirements for an M.A. in Anthropology see: