Anthropology, the broadest of the social science disciplines, is the study of human culture and social experience through space and time—from early hominid ancestors to post-industrial societies. The major consists of a four-field approach: cultural anthropology and the study of historic and contemporary societies (ethnography, ethnology and ethnohistory), archaeology and the study of material culture (prehistoric, historic and underwater archaeology), biological anthropology (biology, human evolution and culture), and linguistic anthropology (language and culture). Course offerings address topical areas that include applied anthropology, Chesapeake archaeology, ecological and economic anthropology, kinship and social organization, food, Tourism, and historic preservation. Many courses address issues of gender, ethnicity and globalization.
Affiliations with Historic St. Mary’s City and nearby Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum/Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory provide adjunct faculty and generate rich opportunities for majors to engage in internships, independent studies, St. Mary’s Projects and hands-on professional research, laboratory work and fieldwork. Several study tour and exchange programs offer exciting possibilities for study and research abroad.
A degree in anthropology prepares students for graduate work in the social sciences and professions and provides an excellent liberal arts foundation for a wide range of career options—working in educational institutions, museums, business, private industry or government.
- Understand the contributions of biological, archaeological, cultural and linguistic anthropology to our shared humanity
- Master key anthropological concepts, theories and methodologies
- Grasp the cultural and material importance of the Chesapeake and Atlantic World in the development of modernity
- Apply anthropological knowledge and skills to critically understand and address human challenges
- Synthesize anthropological knowledge across the liberal arts curriculum
- Communicate anthropological knowledge effectively for diverse audiences
Degree Requirements for the Anthropology Major
General College Requirements
General College Requirements (see Curriculum section), including the following requirements to satisfy the major
Required Core Courses
- ANTH 101: Introduction to Anthropology
- ANTH 201: Anthropology Toolkit or ANTH 202: Archaeology Practicum
Two Subfield Anthropology Courses
Two courses chosen from the following to incorporate two subfield anthropology courses
- ANTH 230: Cultural Anthropology
- ANTH 243: Biological Anthropology
- ANTH 250: Language and Culture
- ANTH 281: Archaeology and Prehistory
- ILCT 300: Introduction to Linguistics
Required Upper Division Courses
- ANTH 349: Anthropological Theory
- ANTH 385: Anthropological Research Methods or ANTH 303: Gambia, West Field Studies Program or field methods course approved by department chair
Three elective courses in anthropology at the 300- or 400-level
All students must select one of the following options as the capstone experience of their education
- ANTH 490 Senior Tutorial (plus one additional 300- or 400-level course)
- ANTH 493/494: St. Mary’s Project (8 credit hours)
- ANTH 497: Directed Research (4 credit hours, plus one additional 300- or 400-level course)
- ANTH 498: Internship (plus one additional 300- or 400-level course)
Minimum Grade and GPA Requirements
Students must complete a minimum of 44 credit hours, and all courses presented for the major must have a grade of at least C-.
Sequence of Study
Each student will plan an individual program with an adviser to arrive at a combination of courses that will meet the requirements for the major and be most meaningful for the student’s goals and interests. The anthropology faculty strongly recommends that the student obtain an adviser from among the faculty in the student’s area of concentration by the beginning of the junior year. The following model is suggested as a possible basic program to satisfy the above requirements:
- First Year:
ANTH 101 and one subfield course
- Second Year:
ANTH 201 or ANTH 202, one subfield course, and two anthropology electives
- Third Year:
ANTH 385, ANTH 349, one anthropology elective
- Fourth Year:
St. Mary’s Project or ANTH
THE ST. MARY’S PROJECT IN ANTHROPOLOGY
Students must complete all upper level major requirements (ANTH 349 and ANTH 385) before submitting a St. Mary’s Project (SMP) proposal to the department chair for review by the department faculty. SMP proposals must follow a format established by the Department, and are due to the Department Chair on August 15 to begin an SMP in the fall semester, or December 15 to begin an SMP in the spring semester. Projects approved by the department and successfully completed and presented by the student will receive eight hours of credit to be counted towards the major and fulfill the capstone requirement. Students contemplating an SMP in another discipline should follow the department’s SMP guidelines and submit their SMP proposal to the department chair for review in order to receive credit for the senior capstone experience.
Degree Requirements for the Anthropology Minor
Completion of Core Curriculum requirements.
At least six courses in anthropology and a minimum of 22 credit hours:
- ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology
- ANTH 201 Anthropology Toolkit or ANTH 202 Archaeology Practicum
Two Courses at the 200-level
- ANTH 230 Cultural Anthropology
- ANTH 243 Biological Anthropology
- ANTH 250 Language and Culture
- ANTH 281 Archaeology and Prehistory
Two Elective Courses
- Any two elective anthropology courses at the 300 or 400 level
All courses presented for the minor must have a grade of at least C-.
Requirements for Teacher Certification
A Master of Arts in Teaching program is available at St. Mary’s College of Maryland after completion of the baccalaureate degree. Students who are interested in becoming teachers should contact the chair of the Department of Educational Studies or an education adviser in their major field of study for suggested coursework in Educational Studies and their specific major. These consultations should take place during the first semester of the sophomore year.
Bill Roberts (department chair), Iris Carter Ford, Liza Gijanto, Julia King. Adjunct faculty: Silas Hurry, Susan Langley, Stephan Lenik, Henry Miller, Patricia Samford