The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

General Description / Special Programs

Anthropologist Laura Nader defines anthropology as “the study of humankind, otherwise known as Homo Sapiens, the wise primate. It is about our history, our prehistory before written records, our biology, our language, our distribution of peoples all over the planet, and the cultural and social aspects of our existence.” From multiple perspectives and theoretical frameworks, Anthropology provides us with tools and knowledge to help us understand, respect, and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our planet. Using a broad approach, anthropological studies range from the local to the global, from everyday life to special events-all aspects that transform, influence and shape our experience as a species living on this planet. Anthropology, as a discipline, has porous boundaries, sharing interests and theoretical approaches with other disciplines. But something that characterizes Anthropology is its methodological focus on ethnographic fieldwork research. 

Anthropology is an excellent companion to any major or field of study. With an emphasis on qualitative/ethnographic research methods, students will develop the skills necessary to conduct individual ethnographic fieldwork projects. The Anthropology Minor is designed to complement and expand the general education that students receive at PC.

Required Courses

  1. APG 101 Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology

  2. APG 249 Ethnographic Research Methods

  3. Four additional anthropology courses selected on the basis of the student’s interests and career plans after consultation with their faculty advisor.
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Degrees Offered BA in Sociology; Minor in Anthropology
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities <p>Office of Academic Services</p>
Program Details
Research Facilities <p>Research facilities of the Philips Memorial Library</p>
Library Resources Philips Memorial Library (401) 865-2242
Misc Information For further information, please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Eve Veliz-Moran, at or 401-865-2512.
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Online Courses
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Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 0
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0