Anthropology (ANTH)College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
1111 Woods Hall, 301-405-1423
Chair: P. Shackel
Professors: J. Chernela, J. Freidenberg, M. Leone, M. Paolisso, T. Whitehead
Associate Professors: S. Brighton, B. Pavao-Zuckerman (Assoc Prof)
Assistant Professors: S. Downey, C. Getrich (Asst Prof), G. Hambrecht, K. Lafrenz Samuels (Asst Prof), T. Sangaramoorthy, L. Shaffer
Lecturers: M. London, J. Messing
Affiliate Professors: A. Bolles (WMST), L. Frederik Meer (THET), J. Hanna, R. Harrison (CMLT, LASC), S. Kim (WMST), D. Linebaugh (HISP)
Adjunct Professors: S. Abbott-Jamieson (NOAA), M. Butler, T. Cederstrom, C. Crain (LTG Associates), S. Fiske (NOAA), A. Froment, S. Huertin-Roberts, J. Kunen (USAID), B. Little (National Park Service), F. McManamon (National Park Service), M. Mieri (Smithsonian), C. Puentes-Markides, D. Russell (USAID), J. Schablitsky (MD SHA), J. Schneider, R. Sobel (Smithsonian), N. Tashima (LTG Associates), R. Winthrop (BLM)
Professors Emeriti: M. Agar, S. Bushrui, N. Gonzalez (Emerita), F. Jackson
Anthropology, the study of culture, seeks to understand humans as a whole - as social beings who are capable of symbolic communication through which they produce a rich cultural record. Anthropologists try to explain differences among cultures - differences in physical characteristics as well as in customary behavior. Anthropologists study how culture has changed through time as the human genus has spread over the earth. Anthropology is the science of the biological evolution of human species, and the disciplined scholarship of the cultural development of human beings' knowledge and customary behavior.
Program Learning Outcomes
Having completed the degree program, students should have acquired the following knowledge and skills:
Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities
The Anthropology department offers beginning and advanced course work in three principal subdivisions of the discipline: cultural anthropology, archaeology, and ecological anthropology. Within each area, the department offers some degree of specialization and provides a variety of opportunities for research and independent study. Laboratory courses are offered in biological anthropology and archaeology. Field schools are offered in archaeology. The interrelationship of all branches of anthropology is emphasized.
The undergraduate curriculum is tied to the department's Master in Applied Anthropology (M.A.A.) program; accordingly, preparation for non-academic employment upon graduation is a primary educational goal of the department's undergraduate course work and internship and research components. The department has also recently implemented a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program. Students at the graduate level are asked to focus in one of three areas of faculty expertise: Health, Heritage, and Environment.
Requirements for the Major
Students seeking an undergraduate degree are required to complete at least 31 credits of anthropology coursework in addition to the supporting coursework sequence. Every course being used to satisfy anthropology major requirements must be completed with a grade of "C-" or higher. Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average across all courses used to satisfy major degree requirements.
The primary advisor for students in the Anthropology major is the Undergraduate Advisor. The advisor is available to students during appointments, walk-in hours, and by phone and email. The advisor is responsible for helping students plan their successful completion of the Anthropology major. Students will work with the advisor for an orientation to the department, status on degree progress, administrative approval for special course enrollment, academic audits, and graduation clearance. In addition, students should consider the Undergraduate Advisor a resource for general academic and career advice during their time at Maryland.
The office of the Undergraduate Advisor is supervised and supported by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (a faculty member) in the Department of Anthropology. In addition, all faculty members in the department serve as faculty advisors to students. Students are expected to select and request a faculty member who works within their area of focus to be their faculty advisor (i.e. Archaeology, Ecological Anthropology or Cultural Anthropology). For more information, or to contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies or Undergraduate Advisor, please call 301-405-1423 or go to www.bsos.umd.edu/anth .
Undergraduate Research Experiences
There are several undergraduate research experiences available for students:
For more information, please see our website: www.bsos.umd.edu/anth .
The Department of Anthropology encourages students to explore its field school and study abroad opportunities which include, summer archaeology field schools including field schools in Iceland and Ireland, and an ethnographic field school in the Brazilian Amazon.
For more information, see our website: www.bsos.umd.edu/anth .
All undergraduate students are encouraged to do an internship. There are many non-profit and government agencies in the Baltimore-Washington area that are willing to support Anthropology interns. For more information, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Undergraduate Advisor.
The Department has a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service. When available, students have opportunities to work on various archeology and museum projects in the National Capital Region. For more information, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Undergraduate Advisor.
The Anthropology department also offers an Honors Program that provides the student an opportunity to pursue in-depth study of his or her interests. Acceptance is contingent upon a 3.5 GPA in anthropology courses and a 3.0 overall average. The Honors Citation is awarded upon completion and review of a thesis to be done within the field of anthropology. For additional information, students should contact the Director of Departmental Honors Program, Dr. Stephen Brighton, 301-405-3700; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Anthropology Student Association (ASA): An anthropology student association that meets regularly to plan student events and to help coordinate various student and faculty activities. For meeting times contact the Undergraduate Advisor.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .