Dec 10, 2019  
Course Catalog 2005-2006 
Course Catalog 2005-2006 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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A major in anthropology consists of the following:
  1. a. A minimum of 24 hours in the department, including Anthropology 101, 102, 103.
    b. Anthropology 353.
    c. At least one seminar in Anthropology.

    At least 15 of the 24 hours required for the major must be from courses above the 100 level.

  2. Courses in several other disciplines, including those in the social and natural sciences and the humanities, complement a major in Anthropology. The particular pattern of courses chosen will vary, depending on the plans and interests of the students. The particular pattern should be worked out in close consultation with the major advisor.


A minor in anthropology consists of 15 hours of course work in which at least nine hours derive from courses at the 200 level or above. No more than three transfer credits can be counted in a minor, and two of the three introductory courses must be included.


The department invites a small number of qualified majors to participate in the Honors Program. Honors work may begin as early as the sixth semester or may commence at the beginning of the senior year. Students may receive from two to six hours of credit per semester of Honors. Honors work requires a thesis based on original research and an oral examination on the thesis.

Off-Campus Programs for Credit

Summer fieldwork in projects sponsored by Oberlin College or by other institutions is encouraged. Such projects may be undertaken in archeology, ethnography, or linguistics. By approval of the department, students may count a maximum of six hours of such work toward the major. Students interested in archeological projects should contact Ms. Grimm. Those interested in ethnographic projects should contact a department staff person. Those interested in linguistics should contact Ms. Pagliai. Students interested in anthropology credit for programs sponsored by the Great Lakes Colleges Association should also speak with the chair.

Gallaudet Exchange Program

The department sponsors an exchange program with Gallaudet University, the nation’s only liberal arts college for the deaf, located in Washington, DC. In a school of about 500 students, the program offers a unique opportunity for students interested in communication disorders, deaf education, and related issues. The program is open to both majors and non-majors. Sophomores and juniors with good academic standing are eligible to apply. The exchange is for one semester and students receive transfer credit toward their degree at Oberlin College. Tuition is normally billed by Oberlin College; room and board by Gallaudet. Some students find Exco classes offered in sign language to be good preparation for a semester at Gallaudet.

Students interested in this program should speak with Ms. Grimm, or contact the Study Away office. Catalogs and applications should be requested directly from Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue, N.E.,Washington, DC 20001-3695. When writing to Gallaudet, request an application which states “Oberlin Exchange Program.” Each student works his/her own way through the application process and can do so in consultation with a department staff person.

Transfer of Credit

Students transferring credits in anthropology from courses taken at other institutions and/or from off-campus programs such as summer field work may apply a maximum of six credit hours toward the major with the approval of the department chair.

Private Reading

Students may schedule a reading course during their junior or senior years in accord with college rules on private readings. No more than one reading course may be taken in any one semester.

Cross-Referenced Courses

The following courses not in the Anthropology Department will be accepted for credit toward the Anthropology major. See the department/program in which the courses are listed for full description.

Cross-Listed Courses:

Upper-Level Seminars and Honors Courses

Upper-level seminars are open to juniors and seniors who have completed four courses in anthropology. In some instances this requirement will be reduced for non-majors otherwise qualified. Please note also specific course prerequisites for some seminars. Enrollment Limit: 10 per seminar.

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