Anthropology

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Dartmouth's Department of Anthropology offers a four-field program of study in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.

Sociocultural anthropologists study contemporary or recent societies, comparing forms of technology and material culture, social organization, economies, political and legal systems, ideologies, and religions. Archaeologists analyze the material remains of past human societies, adding a time dimension that includes but goes beyond societies with written histories. Biological anthropologists study the organic expression of human evolution. Combining evidence from genetics, primate behavior, and the fossil record, they seek to document and explain our emergence from earlier forms, as well as our on-going evolution and diversity. Linguistic anthropologists study the characteristics of human language use and communication taking place in different social contexts.

Thus anthropology's greatest strength lies is its intrinsic interdisciplinarity, its blending of quantitative and qualitative methods, its concern with simple societies and highly complex ones and the connections between them, and its explorations of the distant past as well as the present. A fresh potential emerges from our growing focus on ecological feedback and on the increasing density and frequency of global interconnections. In seeking ever-more sophisticated understanding of complex systems, we continue to realize the integrative possibilities among otherwise disparate approaches.

The major consists of ten courses, to be selected as follows:

  1. Anthropology 1 (Introduction to Anthropology) or 3 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology).
  2. At least one course from each of the following four subject areas: archaeology, one area course in cultural anthropology, one topical course in cultural anthropology (if ANTH 1 is taken in fulfillment of requirement 1), and biological anthropology
  3. Any six additional courses (five if Anthropology 1 is taken in fulfillment of Requirement 1) from among the Department's offerings.

A culminating experience is required for the major and must be satisfied by completion of a Culminating Seminar selected from one of the following areas: cultural anthropology (73), archaeology (75), or biological anthropology (77), to be taken as one of the ten courses required for the major.

All anthropology majors are encouraged to take a course in statistics. Students who plan to undertake independent research, especially in archaeology and biological anthropology, and any student considering attending graduate school in anthropology should take at least one statistics course.

The Anthropology minor in Anthropology comprises six courses, which include ANTH 1 or ANTH 3 plus one area course in cultural anthropology, one course in biological anthropology, one course in archaeology, and two additional courses within the department to be selected by the student. If ANTH 3 is not taken in fulfillment of the first requirement, then one of the two courses selected by the student must be a topical course in cultural anthropology.

1.       SAT Reasoning or ACT (with Writing);

2.       2 SAT Subject Test Scores;

3.       The common application essay;

4.       Within the Common Application, Dartmouth’s writing supplement requires that applicants write a brief response to one of the following supplemental essay prompts. Candidates choose one topic and respond;

5.       A counselor recommendation and two teacher recommendations. In addition, a peer recommendation is strongly encouraged;

6.       Resume;

7.       Brief abstract of an independent research project;

8.       IELTS or TOEFL (no minimum scores).

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