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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.
Follow this link for a PDF version of our Undergraduate Handbook.
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://spartanlink.case.edu/
The current executive board consists of Christie Ellis (President), Aaron Sepulveda (Vice President), Evan Ingram (Treasurer), Alaina Wodzinski (Secretary), Celena Kopinski (Public Relations Chair), and Danielle Turner (Freshman Representative).
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 qualified majors in anthropology who have completed 15 hours of anthropology courses and successfully maintained a 3.25 grade point average in departmental offerings and a 3.0 grade point average overall.
Interested and qualifying students should apply for the program in the fall semester of their junior year. If you're approved for departmental honors, register for ANTH 391, 392 Honors Tutorial in the spring of your junior year and the fall of your senior year.
Honors students are required to tackle a research project under the supervision of one or more faculty members. You must also present an acceptable research paper in the fall semester of your senior year.
Students interested in the program should contact their undergraduate advisor. In addition, they can view "Anthropology: Real People, Real Careers" from the American Anthropological Association. This DVD is a first hand look at applied anthropologist's fascinating study of human culture all over the world. Contact the Department of Anthropology, Mather Memorial R238 to view this DVD.
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: