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Catalog 2002-2003
School of American and International Studies

Requirements of the Minor
Convener: Clifford Peterson
Advisors :Walter Brown
Charles Carreras
Ronald Hayashida

About the Minor

Anthropology supports the interdisciplinary and multicultural educational philosophy of Ramapo College. As such, Anthropology courses constitute a major component of General Education courses, besides serving the Anthropology Minor.

In general, Anthropology courses follow the five fields' approach: physical, archaeological, linguistic, cultural and applied, although the concentration is on the cultural. The study of Anthropology enhances the majors of the Humanities, Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences, and even the pure sciences, by providing the cultural dimension. Besides, this cultural dimension enables the student to understand the nature of one's own culture, as well as that of others.

Important components of Anthropology are presented in an integrated manner. Some of the courses are: Introduction to Anthropology, Anthropology of the Family, Anthropology of Women, Psychological/Psychiatric Anthropology (Self Growth), Anthropology Theory and Field Study, and Peoples and Cultures of Asia, USA Japan, Africa and Latin America. Other courses include: Culture of the Native Americans and Prehistory courses drawn from the Near East and Egypt. In every course, students are required to write research papers, based on their direct field study and/or library research.

Although Anthropology is offered as a Minor of 19 credits, 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 cultural dimension of a student's academic training, whatever may be her/his major.
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