Department and Related Resources


Department and Related Resources

The Mischa Titiev Library: The Mischa Titiev Library, established in 1976, has an extensive collection of anthropology books in all the subdisciplines as well as a collection of professional journals for both reference and circulation. In addition, the Library has audio-visual equipment for anthropological research. The Library is located in room 211 West Hall and is open to all students enrolled in anthropology classes and faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Professors may put class materials on reserve in this library. Hours vary from semester to semester.

The U-M Training Program in Archeology: The U-M Training Program in Archaeology provides students with a unique opportunity to participate in original field research. Students receive training in basic methods of archaeological survey, excavation, artifact recording and analysis, while participating in ongoing research in the area chosen by the course director. Field training is integrated with lectures on archaeological method and theory, and the prehistory and ethnography of the area under study. Laboratory sessions introduce students to the analysis of archaeological artifacts, including stone tools, ceramics, animal bones, and plant remains. In addition to learning the basic technical skills of field archaeology, each students works together with the program director and staff to develop a small but original research problem, based on the archaeological data recovered and analyzed during excavations. The results of this research are presented as a written paper at the end of the field session.

For the highly motivated Michigan student, each fall academic term following the field session the Department of Anthropology offers laboratory courses of independent research (ANTHRARC 496 and 499 or ANTHRCUL 499) that allow the student to continue the research he or she began in the field, refining the original research question, expanding the data base, and producing by the end of the term a more comprehensive and sophisticated paper. Through independent research students also learn about the long-term curation in museums of archaeological materials. Research by the most dedicated and professionally motivated students may be developed into undergraduate Honors theses (ANTHRBIO 398, ANTHRCUL 398, or ANTHRARC 398).

Study Abroad, Field School and Internship Opportunities: Anthropology students can benefit a great deal from experiential programs such as study abroad, field school and internship opportunities (please see above for U-M field school opportunities in anthropological archeology). 

CGIS, International Institute, Career Center, and anthropology faculty and undergraduate advisors can help you locate other study abroad opportunities.

Talks: The department sponsors public talks and lectures, both formal and informal, throughout the Fall and Winter terms. All students are welcome to attend.