The major in anthropology has two distinct areas of concentration: anthropological archaeology and social-cultural anthropology. Anthropological archaeology. In this track, the focus is on research skills in the library, the field, and the laboratory. Archaeology students will also engage theoretical developments and critical contemporary debates on issues such as the politics of the past and cultural heritage. Students also develop at least one analytical skill, such as, archaeological statistics, osteology, or geoarchaeology, drawing on the university's laboratory and computer facilities. The archaeology program at Rice has a long-term focus on the archaeology of urban, complex societies in East and West Africa. The program offers students the opportunity to participate in archaeological excavations abroad as well as projects in Houston that focus on the city’s African-American past. Students inquiring about the major with a focus on anthropological archaeology should see Dr. Jeffrey Fleisher (firstname.lastname@example.org; Sewall 582).
Students majoring in Anthropology must complete a total of 30 semester hours of approved courses (10 classes), at least 26 of which should be anthropology courses and at least 18 hours of which should be taken at the 300-level or above. Students may petition the undergraduate advisor to apply up to 6 semester hours of relevant work completed outside anthropology toward satisfaction of the major.
INTRODUCTORY COURSES Complete two of the following three introductory courses:
METHOD COURSESComplete one of the following:
THEORY COURSES Complete one of the following:
ELECTIVESComplete three ANTH courses at the 300-level or above. RESEARCH
Complete one of the following:
The Anthropology Capstone provides an opportunity for students, over the course of a semester, to conduct an independent research project on a topic that interests them, while working one-on-one with a faculty supervisor. The project culminates in a research paper and a presentation to the faculty and assembled students. All Anthropology majors who are not pursuing the Honors Program must complete the Capstone project and must enroll in 3 courses, ANTH 493/ ANTH 494/ ANTH 495, in their senior year, unless they are December graduates. Detailed requirements for the Capstone can be found HERE.
The Anthropology Capstone includes the following classes:
To take the Capstone Course, after you have consulted with a faculty member and s/he has agreed to supervise your project you will need to complete and turn in the Faculty Supervisor Registration Form. The signed form needs to be turned in to the Anthropology Office in 572 Sewall Hall. The deadline for turning in the form is 5:00 PM on the last day of the third week of classes.
The Department of Anthropology's Honors Program gives special recognition and special opportunities for a year-long research project and faculty mentorship to those students who have distinguished themselves in their coursework in the Department and throughout the University. We especially encourage those students who intend to pursue graduate work in anthropology or another academic discipline, or those whose intended careers will demand skills in extended research and writing to apply to the Honors Program. Every eligible students should, however, seriously consider applying. a detailed guideline to the requirements and process can be found HERE.
Required for admission to the program are:
To be admitted to the Honors Program, you must have a faculty supervisor with whom you plan your project and assemble a faculty panel. You must complete and turn in the Honors Program Admission Form. The deadline for turning in the form is 5:00 pm, on the last business day of the 10th week of the spring semester of your Junior year.
Once admitted to the Program, each student must complete a thesis, on a topic of her or his choosing, under the direction of one of the members of the department's faculty. Topics should be approved by the faculty advisor by the end of the first month of the senior year. Theses are due at the end of the last semester of the senior year.
The Anthropology Honors Program includes the following classes to be taken in the Senior year:
Fall semester: ANTH 493 (Senior Research Preparation, one credit)
ANTH 490 (Directed Honors Research, three credits)
Spring semester: ANTH 494 (Senior Research Seminar, one credit)
ANTH 491 (Directed Honors Research, three credits)
A minor in anthropology requires the successful completion of at least six courses (a minimum of 18 credit hours):
INTRODUCTORY COURSESChoose from two of the following:
ELECTIVES Four other ANTH courses, three of which must be at the 300-level or above
The Department of Anthropology offers a six-week field school in June and July in sub-Saharan Africa, alternating between eastern and western locales. Past field schools have been on the island of Gorée, located off the coast of Senegal, where research focused on the development of Gorée as a supply port for the Atlantic trade, and at Songo Mnara, a 15th-century Swahili urban center on the southern Tanzanian coast. This course is offered for a total of six hours of credit (ANTH 364 and ANTH 370). The course is offered without specific prerequisites, but there is a general requirement that students have some prior course work in archaeology or African history. Program fees apply.
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