New Senior Experience in Anthropology starting in 2018-2019

Starting in 2018-2019, ANTH 501 and 601 will no longer be offered. Our new senior experience allows for more options and guidance for our majors as they pursue advanced work in their area of specialization within the Anthropology major.

  • ANTH 401: Research Preparation in Anthropology (taken in the spring of the junior year)
  • Senior Experience Foundation course: ANTH 430 or any 6-unit 500- or 600-level course in Anthropology taken in the senior year
  • ANTH 699: Senior Experience in Anthropology (2 units) taken concurrently with the senior experience foundation course

The Department of Anthropology's Senior Experience is a two-course sequence which is the culmination of a four-year series of core courses designed to develop the student's abilities to reason and practice as an anthropologist. Students begin their study of anthropology with a three-course introductory sequence, and move on in their sophomore year to a three-course theory and methods sequence. After further exploration of their specific interests within anthropology through elective courses and off-campus study, each anthropology student develops a plan for their senior experience by the end of the spring term of their junior year. Typically, students will develop this plan in ANTH 401: Research Preparation.  However, students who are studying off-campus during spring of their junior year will need to consult with their advisor about an alternative to ANTH 401, including the addition of 6 credits of at least 400-level coursework to their requirements for the major.

Following from the plan developed in the junior year, students will enroll in a senior experience foundation course in their senior year that will serve as the basis for senior experience work.  ANTH 430 or any 500- or 600-level course in Anthropology can serve as the senior experience foundation course.  Concurrent with the foundation course, students must enroll in 2 units of ANTH 699 with the foundation course instructor, for which they will complete additional mentored independent work that results in a research paper, exhibit, film, or other product that demonstrates their proficiency in anthropological knowledge.  Students are also required to present their project in a classroom or public forum, typically either at the end of the foundation course, or during spring term during a formal symposium for juniors enrolled in ANTH 401.

ANTH 401 Research Preparation in Anthropology (new course)

Students will develop advanced library research skills in anthropology, including the use of reference management software.  Each student will write a thematic annotated bibliography based on library research, and consider ethical implications of empirical research on the topic that they have chosen.  The course will include discussion of careers in anthropology, how to market the skills developed by anthropology majors, and the process of considering and applying for graduate school in anthropology and related fields.  Alumni guest speakers will be featured when possible, as well as an orientation to the services offered by the Career Center. The course will end with student presentations that describe their senior experience plan and presentations by selected seniors of their completed senior experience projects.