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Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 
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Chairperson: Professor Diana Fox

Professors: Curtiss Hoffman, Ellen Ingmanson

Associate Professor: Louise Badiane

Assistant Professor: Simone Poliandri

Department Telephone Number: 508.531.1799
Location: Hart Hall
Website: www.bridgew.edu/anthro

Degree Programs

  • BA in Anthropology
    Concentrations: Cultural Anthropology, General Anthropology
  • BS in Anthropology
    Concentration: Public Archaeology

Undergraduate Minors

  • Anthropology

Click on Academic Programs  for program information and requirements.

The department provides a strong liberal arts curriculum aimed at developing well-rounded, informed citizens with strong critical thinking abilities, intensive cross-cultural insights, and global cultural knowledge.  Department courses and programs also impart cross-cultural knowledge and skills to students, preparing them for a wide range of professions. The department encourages students to continue on to graduate study in anthropology or other fields.

All department faculty members engage in research and the department encourages student-faculty collaborative research. Students may also pursue study tours, honors projects and internships. The public archaeology and general anthropology concentration require that students participate in fieldwork or laboratory work, and the department offers a summer archaeological field school.

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

Anthropology, the scientific study of humankind, allows students to build cross-cultural understandings through an intensive study of other cultures. Anthropology is traditionally divided into several subfields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical (or biological) anthropology, applied anthropology and linguistics. A major in anthropology provides students with an understanding of societies and cultures throughout the world. Students majoring in anthropology are prepared to understand and work with individuals from other cultural settings; in health care, social services and public welfare agencies; or as teachers, museum curators, environmentalists, or in private industry. Students may select a BA in cultural anthropology or general anthropology, or a BS in public archaeology. Students may also combine a major in anthropology with an education major.

Educator Licensure

Students interested in seeking Massachusetts teacher licensure should refer to the following department links for specific teacher licensure and program requirements: Elementary and Early Childhood Education  or Special Education  for students double majoring in elementary education, early childhood education or special education; or Secondary Education and Professional Programs  for students minoring in secondary education (high school, middle school or PreK-12 specialist).

Honors Program

The honors program in anthropology provides highly motivated anthropology majors with opportunities to enhance their academic program through intensive scholarly study and research designed to be of assistance in postgraduate employment or in the pursuit of an advanced degree in anthropology. Contact the Department of Anthropology for further information concerning eligibility and application.

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