Anthropology and Archaeology
The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.
- Ruth Benedict
Our program allows students to directly engage with contemporary anthropological topics and applied research. Core courses added over the past three years include Visual Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Cultural Ecology, Climate and Society, Applied Anthropology, and Prisons, Punishment and Control. Our department focuses on modern issues of inequality, environmental and social justice, cultural heritage ownership, and activism. Geographic areas of focus include the Chesapeake Bay Region, Caribbean, Central and South America, Southeastern United States, and Southwestern United States.
We also emphasize learning by doing and offer many options for experiential learning. Our new course with the national Inside-Out program engages students in collaborative learning with incarcerated women in Delaware around issues of race, gender, and citizenship. With Digital Scholarship in Museum Partnerships (DSMP), students in the Museum Studies course collaborate with local communities to curate and conserve cultural materials and oral histories while developing online virtual reality (VR) exhibits.
Students who participate in our faculty-led trips study the interrelationship between culture and environment in the Southwestern United States, the intersection of music and culture in Cuba, and international development in Tanzania. There are many opportunities for studying abroad or participating in a departmental archaeology field school. Students engage in hands-on internships at the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program, Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, and through the Museum, Field, and Community Education minor.
Anthropology students and faculty participate in the following interdisciplinary majors and programs: American Studies; Communication and Media Studies; Environmental Studies; Humanities; International Studies and the Chesapeake Semester. Anthropology also offers an Ethnomusicology minor and contributes to the following minors: Arts Management and Entrepreneurship; Black Studies; Gender Studies; Justice, Law, and Society; Latin American Studies; Museum, Field, and Community Education; and Public Health.
Alaina PerdonClass of 2022 • Forked River, New Jersey
- Environmental Studies
- Chesapeake Regional Studies
LEARN BY DOING
- Eastern Shore Food Lab
- Chesapeake Semester
- Food Recovery Network
- Friends of Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Tegan McBrideClass of 2022• Waterbury, Connecticut
- Computer Science
LEARN BY DOING
- Cater Society for Junior Fellows
- Peer Tutor
- Computer Club
- WACapella, Business Vice President
Chris FuchsClass of 2020 • Long Island, New York
LEARN BY DOING
- Southwest Seminar
- National Science Foundation REU
SUPPORT FROM DONOR PROGRAM
- Hodson Scholar