Anthropology is the study of human differences and commonalities in a world of global and transnational connections. Cultural anthropologists study a wide range of contemporary concerns from identity and community formation to popular culture and political economy. They engage in long-term ethnographic research in rural, urban, and suburban environments around the world and apply critical cultural analysis to their field experiences.
Anthropology at Purchase College takes the study of culture to be an inherently interdisciplinary practice, drawing not only on other social sciences, but also the natural sciences, the humanities, and the arts. Courses in the anthropology program provide the core of a broad liberal arts education for students majoring in anthropology. These courses also introduce students from a range of other disciplines to the vital connections between anthropology and their own fields of study.
Our graduates go on to careers in social work, development, and activism for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, curatorial and archival work at museums and historical societies, consumer research and creative communications for marketing and advertising firms, end-user practices for product design firms, and teaching at colleges and universities.
Requirements for the Major
Anthropology majors are encouraged to undertake an internship, study-abroad opportunity, or community-action independent study. Students may petition to take credit-bearing internships with anthropology faculty sponsors in place of one upper-level elective for the major.
Concentration 1: General Anthropology
The four anthropology electives must include at least one course in the each of the other three concentrations (listed below).
Concentration 2: World Cultures
Nigerian/Hausa Language and Culture
Urban Life in Africa
Islam in the American Imagination
New Immigrants in the United States
Environment and Sustainable Development in South Asia
Archaeological Issues in the Southern Levant
Special Topic: Geographic Area (semester topic: Culture and Media in Italy)
Concentration 3: Anthropology and the Arts
Film and Anthropology
Performing Arts in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Myth and Ritual
Global Media, Local Cultures
Los Angeles/Mumbai: Cinematic City Cross-Culturally
Theatre and Performance in Africa
Anthropology of Art and Aesthetics
Anthropology of Music and Sound
Sensing and Knowing in Anthropology, Psychology, and the Arts
Contemporary Japan: Aesthetics, Politics, Modernity
Gender and Popular Culture in South Asia
Concentration 4: Kinship, Identities, and Power
Language, Culture, and Society
Drugs, Bodies, Design
Critical Perspectives on Language and Culture
For more information, please visit the anthropology program site.
Updated April 3, 2013
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SCHOOL of UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES
* = minor(s) also available
Art History, BA*
Biology, BA, BS*
Cinema Studies, BA
Creative Writing, BA
Gender Studies, BA*
Language & Culture, BA*
Liberal Arts, BA
Media, Society & the Arts,
New Media, BA
Political Science, BA*