Barbara Rockell, Program Director

David Baronov,* Chair

David E. Bell, Kevin Clarke, Marta Rodriguez-Galán, Jebaroja Singh, Patricia Tweet, Pao Vue

*On leave, Spring 2014

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.

The Washington Experience: Fisher Semester in Washington

Anthropology majors may avail themselves of The Washington Experience, a semester in Washington, D.C. Please refer to The Washington Experience for details.