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Title: Anthropology Concentration

  • Pre-Advising PowerPoint

About Anthropology
  • Welcome to the anthropology concentration at
    Towson University.
  • Anthropology is a broad, holistic field that
    seeks to understand human biological and cultural
    variation through time and space.
  • The discipline combines humanistic and scientific
    approaches to studying humans from their origins
    to the present.
  • The sub-disciplines of the field include
    archaeological, biological, linguistic and
    socio-cultural anthropology. Reflecting our
    programs greatest strengths, we offer a major
    concentration with four focus areas, but in
    particular focused on the sub-disciplines of
    archaeological and socio-cultural anthropology.
  • Once you have completed the core requirements,
    you can focus your studies on archaeology or
    globalization or take classes covering a range of
    theoretical and geographic topics.

Anthropology Curriculum Involves Completing
Courses in Two areas
  • Students studying in the anthropology
    concentration must complete four courses in the
    sociology-anthropology common core. This
    includes introductory courses in anthropology and
    sociology, a diversity course, and a statistics
  • Then students select one of four focus areas in
    anthropology to complete the concentration,
    either Option A, B, C, or D. In each of the four
    focus areas students receive a broad foundation
    in the field of anthropology by taking courses in
    human evolution and prehistory, cultural
    anthropology, ethnographic and/or archaeological
    methods, and anthropological theory. Each option
    is also designed so that students can select
    different mixes of courses.

Four Focus Area Options
  • Option A is the combined anthropology and
    sociology focus area. This option allows
    students to select more courses in sociology
    along with their study of anthropology.
  • Option B is the general anthropology focus area.
    This is the most common option among anthropology
    students. Here students pursue a broad approach
    to anthropology including opportunities for study
    in all areas of the anthropology curriculum.
  • Option C is the archaeology focus area and Option
    D is globalization and development. Students in
    Options C and D have the opportunity to pursue
    more specialized coursework in archaeology or
    globalization and thus have more structured and
    preset course offerings.

How do you decide which focus area to pursue?
  • There is some overlap in the courses required for
    the different focus areas. This means that
    whichever option you select, you will receive
    solid foundational training in anthropology and a
    valuable set of skills for a variety of jobs
    dealing with cultural variation in health,
    business, education, and government or for
    further study at the graduate level in
    anthropology or other fields including law,
    business, social work, and human resources.
  • The focus area you choose depends more on whether
    you are interested in archaeology, that is,
    studying the past through the excavation of
    material remains or socio-cultural anthropology,
    that is, studying the present. Some students
    enter the major knowing that they want to pursue
    archaeology. Others select globalization because
    they are interested particularly in change in the
    contemporary globalizing world and plan to go to
    work (either before or after further graduate
    study) for organizations focusing on global
    issues such as human rights or the environment.

What to do if you are unsure about a focus area?
  • However, if you are unsure about your focus in
    anthropology, all students begin by completing
    the lower level courses in the common core. Then
    you should select an upper level geographical
    area course such as North American Indians,
    Latinas in the Americas, Anthropology of African
    Media, or Korea and Globalization, because at
    least one area course is required in all four
    anthropology options.

Planning Your Courses Carefully
  • Regardless of which focus area you choose, there
    is other important information we would like you
    to be aware of as you complete your studies in
  • First, most of our upper level (300 level or
    higher) anthropology courses are NOT offered
    every semester. Required upper-level courses
    including ANTH 401 Anthropological Theory, ANTH
    380 Ethnographic Field Methods, and ANTH 381
    Archaeological Methods and Theory are usually
    offered only every third semester. Other
    upper-level courses are offered once a year or
    every two years.
  • In addition, most anthropology courses are
    currently offered during the day, and course
    availability in the evening is limited. You
    should meet with your department advisor to learn
    when particular courses will be offered and plan

Field School and Study Abroad
  • Second, although not required, we recommend that
    students participate in a field school, usually
    during the summer, and/or a study abroad program.
    Currently we offer an archaeological excavation
    field school class in western Maryland every
    summer. The American Anthropological Association
    lists other possibilities for archeological and
    ethnographic field schools on their website
    (, under Student Resources.
  • The Study Abroad office in the Administration
    Building has a wealth of information as well
    about many study abroad programs. Since many
    study abroad programs involve a semester of study
    away, and may offer only a very limited selection
    of anthropology courses, you should talk to your
    major advisor well in advance of any travel about
    when you should study abroad and what courses you
    should take so that you can complete your studies
    in the most timely manner possible.

Other Study Opportunities
  • Finally, our undergraduate students who study in
    anthropology have two elective advanced learning
    opportunities available. One such opportunity is
    the completion of an Honors Thesis. An Honors
    Thesis allows students to do independent research
    of a high quality on a topic of their choice.
    The Honors Thesis in anthropology may be based on
    either fieldwork or library research.
  • However, students interested in this option
    should begin early, as the thesis process
    requires a full year of study, with a directed
    readings course the first semester, followed by
    the thesis writing itself a second semester.
  • Or, students in anthropology can complete an
    internship in an organization or business in the
    Baltimore region. Up to 6 units of internship
    study are possible towards completion of the
    anthropology major. An Internship Coordinator
    will assist you with the internship process if
    you are interested.

And finally
  • In concluding your visit to this website today,
    we would like you to complete a short survey
    about your interests related to anthropology.
  • This survey should be answered, printed, and
    brought along with a copy of your unofficial
    transcript to your first meeting with your major
  • If you are transferring credits to Towson, please
    bring your transfer evaluation form.
  • If there are courses that you believe will
    satisfy our requirements to complete the
    concentration, it would be helpful if you have a
    syllabus and/or course description for the