College Catalog: 2011-2012

Salameno School of American and International Studies (SSAIS): Anthropology

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About the Minor

Anthropology supports the multicultural, international, experiential and interdisciplinary educational philosophy of Ramapo College. As such, Anthropology courses constitute a major component of the General Education program, besides serving the Anthropology minor.  All anthropology courses count towards the International Studies major as well.

Anthropology courses at Ramapo are concentrated in cultural anthropology, the sub-discipline of anthropology that emphasizes the role of culture in human life, and analyzes social and cultural differences and similarities throughout the world. By studying this field, students will become familiar with the diversity of cultural practices in the world, and the effects of global economic and political forces on the lives of people throughout the world.

In addition to Introduction to Anthropology, students take one “Peoples and Cultures” courses that teach them about a world area, such as World Cultures, Peoples and Cultures of Asia, or Native Americans. Students also take three courses that teach them about theoretical and thematic approaches to the study of anthropology, such as Religion in Cross Cultural Perspective, Urban Anthropology, International Migration, or Anthropology of Gender. In many courses, experiential learning is an integral part of the coursework, as students are required to complete fieldwork assignments.

Anthropology is offered as a minor of five courses (20 credits). Students who are interested in graduate study in anthropology can be further trained through independent study. An Anthropology minor can enrich the multicultural and international dimensions of a student’s academic training, and is an excellent complement to a major in International Studies, Sociology, and a variety of other majors.

Requirements of the Minor
  1. Students are required to take 5 courses (20 credits) to complete this minor.
  2. At least 1/2 of the courses fulfilling a minor must be distinct from the student’s major. That is, three of the five courses required for a minor cannot be used towards fulfillment of major requirements. A school core does not need to be completed for a minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.