About the Minor
Anthropology supports the multicultural, experiential, and interdisciplinary
educational philosophy of Ramapo College. As such, Anthropology courses
constitute a major component of General Education courses, besides
serving the Anthropology Minor.
Anthropology courses at Ramapo are concentrated in cultural anthropology,
the sub-discipline of anthropology that emphasizes the role of culture
in human behavior. Cultural Anthropology can play a key role in
helping us to comprehend contemporary world problems. Students will
become familiar with the diversity of cultural practices in the world
and also with ways that wider political and economic forces are shaping
Important components of Anthropology are presented in an integrated
manner. Some of the courses are: Introduction to Anthropology, World
Cultures, Anthropology of Gender, and Peoples and
Cultures of Asia.
Other courses include: Native Americans, Death and Dying, and Music
and Dance in the African Diaspora. in many Anthropology courses,
students are required to do field work assignments and to write papers
based on this first hand research.
Anthropology is offered as a Minor of 18 credits and the courses
concerned are core courses in the discipline of Anthropology. Students
who are interested in Graduate Study in Anthropology can be further
trained through Independent Study. As a whole, Anthropology enhances
the multicultural dimension of a student's academic training, whatever
may be his or her major.