- GRADUATE STUDIES
- STUDENT LIFE
Anthropology is the study of humans as both biological and cultural beings. Anthropology students explore past societies through their material remains as well as present-day cultures using a wide variety of methodologies. The Anthropology major at Franklin Pierce offers a combination of classroom study, fieldwork, and study abroad that helps students appreciate the richness and complexity of the human present and past.
The curriculum has strong cultural anthropological and archaeological emphases. Cultural anthropologists describe, compare, and analyze cultures, while archaeologists study a society’s material remains, and, through them, the society’s culture.
The department is oriented exclusively around undergraduate students. Students experience dynamic teaching, experiential learning, archaeology excavations at local sites, and semester-long, study-abroad programs led by anthropology faculty. Students explore the dimensions of their interest in cultural anthropology and archaeology while working with their advisors to design their own concentrations within the major.
Students majoring in Anthropology may take courses leading to general competency in the field, or they may select specialized studies in Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Applied Anthropology. Course selection is guided by a “major” professor who helps students choose relevant courses, which may include topics from other disciplines.
Anthropology majors interested in preparing for graduate school select a special Anthropology Honors curriculum developed with a faculty advisor in the department. This curriculum is for students considering graduate education in anthropology as well as such areas as culture studies, museum studies, urban studies, law, medicine, public health, education, public archaeology, community resource development, international relations, market research, work with national and international development agencies, and other social services.
At Franklin Pierce, students become involved immediately in experiential learning whether it be in computer simulations of fieldwork in rural Mexico, in local archaeology excavations, or in conducting interviews in ongoing local medical anthropology research.
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Dr. Robert Goodby, Associate Professor of Anthropology, was featured in the Boston Globe for his discovery of a centuries-old Native American Fort. Read the story.
Dr. Debra Picchi, Professor, returned from spending a semester in Vienna, Austria with anthropology and non-anthropology majors and is planning on taking a second group to Athens, Greece for a semester
Dr. Robert Welsch, has completed 4th edition of a textbook reader (Taking Sides: Anthropology) published by Mcgraw Hill. He will complete two other textbooks (Introduction to Anthropology and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology) with the same publisher in 2010.