Apr 14, 2021  
Course Catalog 2020-2021 
Course Catalog 2020-2021


Amy Margaris, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department Chair
Crystal Biruk, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Damien Droney, Medical Anthropologist, Visiting Assistant Professor
Jennifer Fraser, Associate Professor of Musicology and Anthropology
Jason Haugen, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Erika Hoffman-Dilloway, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Kip G. Hutchins, Visiting Instructor and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Anthropology and Environmental/East Asian Studies
Baron Pineda, Associate Professor of Anthropology

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Anthropology represents a broad field of study encompassing four subdivisions: cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archeology, and biological anthropology. Courses listed below offer comprehensive approaches to anthropology’s diverse subject matter and provide an important component of a liberal arts education for both majors and non-majors. A major will gain excellent preparation for graduate study in anthropology or as part of a pre-professional education. Additionally, anthropology majors can gain preparation for a wide variety of careers. Students majoring in anthropology are strongly urged to pursue work beyond the introductory level (101, 102, 103) in each of the subfields.

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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 two courses toward the major with the approval of the department chair.

Private Reading

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

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 two courses toward the major. Students interested in archeological projects should contact Professor Margaris. Those interested in ethnographic projects should contact a department staff person. Students interested in anthropology credit for programs sponsored by the Great Lakes Colleges Association should also speak with the chair.

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Majors and Minors