2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 10, 2023  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Anthropology/Sociology Department

William Skipper, chair
Moffett Center, Room 2120
(607) 753-2726
Fax: (607) 753-5973


Arts and Sciences


Jamie Dangler, Herbert Haines, Stephen Halebsky, Richard Kendrick, Kassim Kone, Craig Little, Ellis McDowell-Loudan, William Skipper, John R. Sosa, Sharon Steadman, Stuart Traub, Anne Vittoria, Mark Worrell, Tiantian Zheng

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration  section.

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology
Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Anthropology (7-12)

Majors Offered

Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Anthropology (7-12)

Concentrations Offered

Americas Archaeology
Applied Anthropology
Ethnic Studies
World Archaeology

Minors Offered



Anthropology is the worldwide study of humanity, especially in terms of human culture. It is a social science discipline which was first discovered and named by early anthropologists. The discipline is divided into five sub-disciplines or approaches, namely cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological or physical anthropology, linguistics, and applied anthropology. Each seeks to find a balance between scientific understanding and appreciation of human similarities and differences, with the applied sub-field representing an on-going attempt to use anthropological knowledge to address human problems.

Anthropology majors will be introduced to the various anthropological fields, including archaeology, physical or biological anthropology and linguistic and cultural anthropology. Students have the option of concentrating in applied anthropology, Americas or world archaeology or ethnic studies. Whether or not a concentration is chosen, students will complete a program that provides them with a solid basis for understanding the field of anthropology in general, as well as the human cultural systems of the past and present world.

There is also an anthropology minor which is particularly suitable for those interested in the teaching professions who must be prepared for the multicultural classrooms of today’s schools. Students who are interested in teaching may combine study in the anthropology major with professional courses leading to a qualification for initial certification in adolescence education: social studies (grades 7-12).

Special Features

  • Hands-on work with objects in the in-house Brooks Museum and Lee Beam Collection and with material from archaeological excavations
  • Archaeological fieldwork opportunities and possible paid work after ANT 400 participation
  • Archaeological/ethnographic fieldwork opportunities outside the U.S.
  • Anthropology Honors Program
  • Student Referral Program
  • Internships
  • Teaching certification for adolescence social studies


  1. Degree requirements listed in this catalog  apply to all anthropology majors.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements – 90 credit hours

Archaeology is the discipline within anthropology that studies prehistoric and historic societies in worldwide contexts. The archaeological discipline offers a balance between the scientific investigation and culture-based understanding of past societies through their material remains and their environmental settings.

Archaeology majors may choose between the Americas or World Archaeology concentrations, both of which are seated solidly in an anthropological archaeology paradigm, in which students gain a firm cultural anthropological basis for exploring ancestral and prehistoric cultures of these geographical regions. Students also acquire basic knowledge of the scientific and laboratory-based methods employed in the discipline.

There is also a minor in archaeology which is particularly suitable for those interested in the teaching professions who must be prepared to teach about global cultures both past and present.

Special Features

  • Teaching (all levels at elementary and secondary schools)
  • State and Federal advisory positions (e.g. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Cultural Resource/Land Management/Environmental Agencies
  • National and State Park Service
  • Public Archaeology Facilities
  • UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  • College Professor
  • Museum Curator
  • Laboratory (archaeobotanical/archaeozoological/archaeometric) consultant/technician


  1. Degree requirements listed in this catalog  apply to all archaeology majors.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements – 90 credit hours