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Barbara Rockell, Program Director
David E. Bell
The Anthropology Department strives to provide its students with a broadly comparative and comprehensive approach to the study of humanity. This generalist approach fulfills the College's mission as a liberal arts institution which, among other things, emphasizes an understanding and appreciation of the value of human diversity. By preparing students in biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and ethnology, the department provides them with the broad perspective necessary to deal with complex human issues.
Anthropology is divided into four sub-disciplines:
Biological Anthropology — human origins, evolution, and biological variation.
Archaeology — excavation, interpretation, and reconstruction of past human cultures, and cultural evolution.
Ethnology — description and comparison of contemporary cultures and the organization of human culture and society.
Linguistics — description and comparison of the development, structure, and function of human languages.
Anthropology majors may avail themselves of The Washington Experience, a semester in Washington, D.C. Please refer to The Washington Experience for details.
Students majoring in Anthropology are eligible for a Fast Track to a Master of Science in International Studies at St. John Fisher College. Fast Track approval requires acceptance into the graduate program and a meeting with the assigned graduate advisor. The advisor and student will discuss program options. If deemed appropriate by the advisor and approved by the Department Chair, the student may register for up to two graduate courses during the senior year. These courses will carry graduate-level credit only and will be taken in addition to those required to earn the baccalaureate degree.