is a science that deals with both the biological and cultural
aspects of humanity. Its basic concerns include the organic evolution
of the human species; the origin, development, and integration
of customs, techniques, and beliefs which define a way of life
(or culture) of human social groups; and the interrelations between
these biological and cultural factors in human behavior.
subject matter of anthropology is divided into two major areas
of study: Biological Anthropology (Division
318) and Cultural Anthropology (Division
319). The latter, in turn, includes archaeology, ethnology,
and linguistic anthropology.
considers human evolutionary history, the causes of present genetic
diversity, and the biological basis of human behavior. It uses
the evidence and concepts of paleontology, population genetics,
Archaeology seeks to understand
human behavior through the longest possible time span by examining
the remains of human activity (e.g., settlements, tools,
pottery) which have survived from antiquity.
analyzes, and compares the widest possible range of human cultures
and social institutions. Some ethnologists concentrate on societies
dissimilar from our own, e.g., hunters and gatherers,
tribal peoples, and preindustrial societies; others examine contemporary
European and American societies with the wider perspective gained
from looking at other cultures and societies.
views language as one of the most distinctive characteristics
of human beings and makes language a special field of study.
Mischa Titiev Library. The
Mischa Titiev Library, established in 1976, has an extensive
collection of materials in all the subdisciplines for both reference
and circulation. In addition, the Library has audio-visual equipment
for anthropological research.
Museum of Anthropology.
museum is a separate university unit administered by the Director
of Museums. All members of the curatorial staff of the museum
offer instruction and hold academic titles in the Anthropology
Department. The collections and laboratory facilities of the
museum are made available to qualified students in the Department
of Anthropology for instruction and research. The Museum has
extensive collections of material on the ethnology and archaeology
of the Great Lakes region and of the eastern United States. Other
major collections include ethnological materials from the American
Southwest; materials from Japan, China, and Tibet; and considerable
archaeological, ethnological, and skeletal materials from the
Philippines. There are smaller, representative collections from
Africa, Oceania, Latin America, and Europe. While no formal program
in museology is offered, two courses in Museum Techniques
(Anthropology 496 and 497, Division 319) provide an
opportunity to learn museum research methodology and administration
through individually supervised work.
are offered normally in half terms for 2 credits.
The department offers undergraduate concentration programs for
a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Anthropology-Zoology. The department
also participates in the interdepartmental concentration program
in Social Anthropology.
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