Department of Anthropology

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    A life changing experience

    Start a journey of humanitarianism, exploration, and self-discovery with the field study program in The Gambia.

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    Gender and Violence

    ANTH 352-02

    This may be your only chance to take this class at SMCM!

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    St. Mary's Field School in Archaeological Survey Methods


    May 18 - June 12, 2015
    Learn to research in archives; design and implement survey-level testing; use a total station; process and curate artifacts.

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    Finding a Forgotten Fort

    St Mary's students and faculty have found a 17th century Piscataway Indian fort.


Anthropology is the study of humankind across the world today and throughout history.

Anthropologists analyze gender, race, ethnicity, sociology, and human progression in order to comprehend humanity’s historical and societal integration and solve contemporary practical problems.

The St. Mary’s Anthropology Department’s focus on the Atlantic World combines wide-ranging faculty expertise with the college’s historic location, research throughout the broader Chesapeake and in West Africa in order to provide students with a varied and unique educational experience.

A St. Mary’s anthropology student can expect a rigorous and enriching interdisciplinary curriculum mentored by distinguished faculty active in this field.

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