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Anthropology Department Handbook
Anthropology Department’s Mission Statement
The Department of Anthropology promotes understanding and appreciation of human cultural
and biological diversity. Through academic courses, scholarly and applied research, and public
service, the Department provides the Wake Forest community with the tools and knowledge
necessary for global citizenship. Composed of scholars representing all sub-fields of
anthropology, the Department serves as the premier academic and practical resource for multicultural awareness and education in the University and Winston-Salem communities, enhancing the University’s commitment to Pro Humanitate.
A Message from the Chair of the Department Deciding to major or minor in anthropology means embarking upon an undergraduate career full of challenge, excitement and rewards. Anthropology will stay with you for the rest of your life, whether or not you become a professional anthropologist. Our cozy size (approximately 61 majors, 25 minors, and 7 full-time teaching faculty) and diversity of research interests from paleoanthropology to contemporary language use, from Nepal to Ecuador give you unparalleled opportunities. You can (and should!) take advantage of our department’s field schools in Portugal, Nepal, and the Yadkin River Valley (and sometimes elsewhere). Faculty members are also happy to work with you to develop individual research opportunities in linguistic anthropology, cultural anthropology, archaeology and biological anthropology, in the field and/or in the lab. These hands-on research experiences can be the most rewarding part of your education—don’t be shy about seeking them out!
As a meeting place for ideas and methods from the humanities, social sciences and biological sciences, Anthropology is inherently interdisciplinary. Anthropology is also at the academic forefront of some of the most central trends in higher education today, including the increasing focus on diversity and the shift toward publicly engaged scholarship. We welcome you as you begin this stimulating and transformative journey!
Table of Contents What is Anthropology?................................... 2 Innovative Courses and Hands-On Training.................. 4 Field Work and Study Abroad Programs..................... 4 Student Research Collaborations and Internships............... 4 Anthropology Laboratories and Additional Facilities................. 5 Anthropology Club...................................... 6 Museum of Anthropology................................. 7 Guest Speakers......................................... 7 Majoring in Anthropology................................ 8
Frequently Called Numbers................................ 19 What is Anthropology?
“Anthropology”–from the Greek anthropos (“human”) and logia (“science”) –is the scientific study of humankind, from its beginnings millions of years ago to the present day. Its subject matter is both exotic (initiation rites of the Ganda of Uganda) and commonplace (anatomy of the human hand). Its focus is both sweeping and microscopic. Anthropologists may study the environmental impact of a new industry, the folklore of West Virginia, primate disease patterns, prehistoric cultures in North Carolina, or secret societies.
With the current intensity of global actions and interactions and the increasing cultural diversity of our own society, anthropology becomes even more relevant to our lives. In these times of narrow specialization, anthropological study is refreshingly broad. This focus on comprehensive breadth is especially valuable to students seeking to develop expertise in planning, decision-making, and management. Anthropology’s scope and intellectual perspective prepares students to make objective, far-sighted decisions at the professional level in any career field, either at home or abroad.
Anthropology is traditionally divided into four subfields: linguistic anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and physical (biological) anthropology. The Department of Anthropology at Wake Forest includes all of these, as well as a focus on the practical application of the knowledge we generate in solving real world problems, known as applied anthropology. The courses offered provide a solid background in general anthropology and prepare students to succeed in graduate-level studies. The Department takes an active interest in the individual academic programs of majors and minors. Students are encouraged to consult with the departmental undergraduate advisors whenever they need information or advice about their plans and goals. In addition, advisors see each major and minor prior to registration for the upcoming semester.
Students who wish to gain additional experience in anthropology should be aware of the opportunities posted in the departmental lounge and publicized through departmental e-mails.
These include job notices, brochures about summer fieldwork programs, notices of campus events and speakers, and information about graduate programs.
Another source of information about the Department, students, and alumni is the annual Newsletter produced by anthropology students and distributed to members of the department, alumni, and members of the administration.
Within the Department at Wake Forest, there also are opportunities to gain experience through volunteer and paid work, such as in the Museum of Anthropology and our teaching labs. This can take place through internships, work-study positions with various faculty members, through participation in summer field schools and in individual faculty research projects, and through summer employment. Anthropology majors also should be aware of another informative resource available to them--the American Anthropological Association's Guide to Departments of Anthropology. This guide is especially valuable to students who want to pursue anthropology at the graduate level and is available in the department office.
The faculty belong to various professional organizations, such as the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Southern Anthropological Society, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Society for Medical Anthropology, the Register of Professional Archaeologists, the American Ethnological Society, the Latin American Studies Association, the Society for American Archaeology, the Council for Museum Anthropology, and the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. These professional organizations hold annual meetings and each year some undergraduate majors attend and present at meetings in their area of interest. Students also may join these organizations at a special student rate and receive their publications. Some of these groups also award prizes for undergraduate research and papers. The National Association of Student Anthropologists publishes a bulletin containing useful information for anthropology students and awards a Distinguished Teaching Award. NASA is an affiliated unit of the American Anthropological Association.
Majors are encouraged to belong to, and participate in, the departmental Anthropology Club (see page 6).
Field Work Study and Study Abroad Programs Students in anthropology are encouraged to take advantage of the many fieldwork opportunities offered by our faculty. Our department hosts several study abroad programs including Cultural Anthropology Fields Schools in Nepal, Portugal and Yadkin River Valley; a certified Archaeological Field School in Portugal, and independent study programs in Puerto Rico and other national and international locations.
Students also engage in exciting field projects among the Cherokee, at North Carolina archaeological sites, at Wake Forest’s primate colonies near Winston-Salem, and at paleontological field sites in Egypt and Montana.
Anthropology Laboratories and Additional Facilities The Anthropology Laboratory building houses laboratories of archaeological, biological, cultural and linguistic anthropology, each containing collections and equipment.
The Cultural Anthropology Lab is home to the journal CAFE, Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment an international journal of the Society for Applied Anthropology, which is edited at WFU and is published quarterly. In addition, the lab houses our visual media editing facility.
The Anthropological Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) Laboratory, directed by Dr. Jones, is home to archaeological field and laboratory analysis equipment, GPS mapping equipment, and GISdedicated computers for spatial research into anthropological questions.
The AGIS lab houses spatial information and archaeological materials from over 200 archaeological sites from eastern North America. Current research being conducted in the lab includes: the settlement ecology of pre-Columbian eastern North American societies, the spatial dimensions of Old World disease spread among American Indians from AD 1500 through 1800, site formation in the upper Yadkin River Valley, pre-Columbian subsistence patterns in the North Carolina Piedmont, and the impact of modern human agricultural activities on archaeological sites.
The WFU Archaeology Laboratory houses over three million artifacts and ecofacts from Wake Forest excavations conducted in North Carolina and surrounding states. The laboratory is outfitted with an extensive array of equipment, including comprehensive sedimentology instrumentation, a magnetic susceptibility bridge, a high temperature furnace, and microscopes. Excavation and survey equipment include ground penetrating radar, gradiometer magnetometry, electrical resistivity survey instruments, GPS, and a laser total station. Students enrolled in laboratory methods coursework or engaging in research with Dr. Thacker also have access to the Laboratory’s sizable zooarchaeology comparative collection of animal skeletons, and equipment for artifact photography, conservation, and curation.
The Wake Forest Anthropology Club A renowned anthropologist once stated that “anthropology is the study of oddments by eccentrics.” Possibly with this in mind, the anthropology students at Wake Forest have organized a club to facilitate the exchange of ideas among themselves. The Anthropology Club provides an informal setting where students can identify and explore communication across the subfields and between undergraduate and graduate students.
Each year, the Anthropology Department and the Wake Forest Anthropology Club organize special social events.
The Annual Anthropology Picnic The stuff of legend and website postings, this event is an opportunity to socialize with your fellow anthropologists away from campus. Usually held during the Fall semester, the Annual Anthropology Club Picnic brings together majors, minors, interested students, faculty, and friends for lively discussion, activities, and of course, feasting.
Guest Speakers Each year the Department and Museum of Anthropology host world-renowned anthropologists from all fields of research. These public lectures are popular with both the campus and greater Winston-Salem community. Guest speakers may represent any of the various topics being dealt with in the classroom or relate to the current exhibits in the Museum. Majors and minors often have the opportunity to meet with and ask questions of our special guests. Check out the Anthropology Department or the Museum of Anthropology’s websites for upcoming presentations.
Majoring in Anthropology A major in anthropology requires a minimum of 33 credit hours and must include: ANT 112 (Archaeology), 113 (Biological Anthropology), 114 (Cultural Anthropology), 340 (Anthropological Theory), 390 (Student-Faculty Seminar) and one course from each of the
following 3 groups:
• Methods - 305, 307, 315, 342, 368, 378, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384, 387;
• Subfield Topics - 150, 301, 308, 329, 331, 332, 333, 336, 337, 339, 350, 355, 361, 362, 363, 364, 366, 367, 385, 386;
• Area - 111, 313, 334, 335, 358, 370, 374, 376, 377;
• Students must also take the equivalent of three additional 3 hour courses toward the major. At least two of these must be in anthropology; the third may be from a related discipline approved by the major advisor.
Students are encouraged, but not required, to enroll in a course offering intensive field research training. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in anthropology courses is required at the time the major is declared. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in anthropology courses counted toward the major is required for graduation.
Please contact Dr. Ellen Miller at ext. 5275 or email@example.com or Dr. Margaret Bender at ext. 5326 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about majoring in Anthropology.
Minoring in Anthropology
A minor in anthropology requires 18 credit hours and must include:
• Two of the following four anthropology (ANT) courses: 112 (archaeology); 113 (biological anthropology); 114 (cultural anthropology); and 150 (linguistics).
• A minimum of 12 hours in anthropology (with up to 6 hours credit from relevant course offerings of other departments, as approved by the minor advisor).
• A minimum of 6 hours at the 200-level or above.
Only one course (excluding ANT 112,113,114,150) can be taken under the pass/fail option and used to meet minor requirements. Only (3) hours from ANT 398, 399 may be used towards the minor. Only (3) hours from ANT 381, 382, 383, and 384 may be used to meet minor requirements and departmental permission must be obtained for minor credit in these courses. Within these guidelines and in consultation with the minor advisor, students may design minor programs with a variety of specific foci. The following are just two examples of how an individual student might design his or her minor. Specific course combinations will vary.