Anthropology Anthropology Understanding what it by marcusjames


Understanding what it means to be human

         nthropologists seek to under-   cultural, biological, archaeological     significant research project in any
         stand the human condition       and linguistic anthropology. These       of the fields of anthropology.
         by investigating the past       are intersected by applied anthropol-         The Anthropology curriculum
and present as well as applying their    ogy, which is dedicated to problem-      is designed to enable students to
knowledge to the future. They are        solving using anthropological theories   double major or minor in other
as likely to study the exotic — sha-     and methods in areas such as con-        fields, particularly Sociology. You
manism among the Dene — as they          sumer research, environmental preser-    will be encouraged to expand your
are the mundane — the meaning of         vation, disaster recovery, HIV-AIDS,     academic experience in order to gain
dinner to North Americans. As an         genetic counseling, heritage preserva-   a wide range of skills that can be
Anthropology major at Elon, you will     tion, immigration and education.         useful in any employment scenario.
dedicate yourself to answering two
central questions: How are humans
                                   “Through its wonderful                         AwArd-winning FACulty
unique, and how are humans similar?                                               The faculty in Elon’s Sociology and
An anthropological imagination —    professors and the courses                    Anthropology department bring a
the ability to understand the social                                              wealth of experience, knowledge and
construction of cultural assumptions
                                    they lead, the Anthropology                   diverse interests to the classroom.
and the influence of our biological major will allow you                                Dr. Anne Bolin, professor
heritage while embracing the overall                                              of anthropology, is the author of
human experience — is an integral
                                    to explore and observe
                                                                                  many books and articles, including
part of the field.                  any culture that you can                      the new human sexuality text-
     With Elon’s distinctive bal-   conceive of, while ensuring                   book Human Sexuality: Biological,
ance of theoretical knowledge and                                                 Psychological and Cultural Perspectives.
hands-on experience such as field   that you are equipped to do                   Her research has included work on
research, internships and study     so with the utmost respect                    human sexuality, transgendered
abroad, Anthropology majors will                                                  communities, the gay liberation
                                    and sensitivity. Combined
build the critical thinking, research,                                            movement, gender and embodiment,
interpersonal and communica-        with Elon’s countless                         and the anthropology of sport.
tion skills that will deepen their                                                      Dr. Kim Jones, assistant profes-
understanding of the world and      international programs and                    sor of anthropology, has conducted
broaden their career opportunities. research opportunities, you                   research on Pittsburgh steelwork-
                                                                                  ers, New York City multicultural
ChAllenging CurriCulum won’t find a field that will                               senior centers, Brazilian hospital
At Elon, the disciplines of         better prepare you for the                    culture, and North Carolina service-
Anthropology and Sociology are                                                    learning and assisted living. She is the
housed within one department to
                                    cultures you will encounter                   department internship coordinator.
create a comprehensive, integrated  throughout your lifetime.”                          Dr. Tom Mould, assistant
approach to the study of various                                                  professor of anthropology, is a
human societies and how those            Ashley Fox ’05                           folklorist with interdisciplinary
societies are interrelated. You will                                              research and teaching interests
take that understanding outside the                                               in sacred narrative, southern cul-
classroom and explore those concepts          Armed with an understand-           ture and American Indian stud-
through field research, study abroad,    ing of the discipline, Anthropology      ies. He is the author of two books,
internships and service learning.        majors complete their academic           Choctaw Prophecy and Choctaw
     Anthropology’s foundational         training with the Capstone Senior        Tales. He is the director of PERCS,
courses introduce students to the        Seminar in Anthropology, in which        the Program for Ethnographic
four subdisciplines of anthropology:     they research, write and present a       Research and Community Studies.
      Dr. Rissa Trachman, assistant        on interviewing, observation and          per year. A special application is
professor of anthropology, specializes     ethics. PERCS also sponsors multi-        required; visit
in Maya archaeology. She is cur-           year field research projects, providing
rently conducting field research at the    students an opportunity to conduct        prepArAtion For A CAreer
site of Dos Hombres in Belize. Her         collaborative, in-depth research          An Anthropology degree from
research also includes topics such         with faculty leaders, student peers       Elon prepares students to go on
as household archaeology, ancient          and local community members.              to graduate school or pursue a
social organization, lithic technol-                                                 career in many fields, including:
ogy, gender and archaeology, ancient                                                 ■■ Public archaeology
childhood, and everyday life.                                                        ■■ Forensic anthropology
                                          “Anthropology has literally                ■■ Consumer research

dynAmiC, hAnds-on                          opened up the world to me.                ■■ Government agencies and

leArning opportunities                     It has allowed me to go to                   non-profit organizations
     Elon is a national leader in expe-                                              ■■ Museum studies

riential education, and Anthropology       different countries and study             ■■ International public health

majors have some of the most exten-                                                  ■■ International development

sive opportunities for field research,     cultures very much different                 and aid organizations
international study and internships.       from my own. I have had so                ■■ Health care, social work and

For example, during Winter Term,                                                        cross-cultural counseling
Anthropology majors can travel to          many amazing experiences                  ■■ Environmental/ecological studies

Australia to conduct research with                                                   ■■ Food/agricultural studies

Western Australian indigenous peo-
                                           and opportunities through
ples. During summer term, students         studying anthropology                     Anthropology students have attended
can attend a field school in Belize to                                               prestigious graduate programs such as:
conduct original research in Maya
                                           and in the process have                   ■■ The College of William and Mary

archaeology. Professors also lead small    found a love for and career               ■■ University of Debrecen, Hungary

groups of students on field research                                                 ■■ Southwest College of Naturopathic

programs around North Carolina             in studying the human                        Medicine in Tempe, Ariz.
and international locations such as        material past.”                           ■■ City University of New York

London, Brazil and other destinations.                                               ■■ Columbia University

     Elon helps Anthropology              lAndis lee ’05, grAduAte                   ■■ George Mason University

students secure internships in            student in museology At the
service, research, teaching and           university oF ArizonA                      For more information on Elon’s
corporate settings. These internships                                                Anthropology program go to
offer invaluable opportunities to put                                      
classroom knowledge into action           speCiAl opportunities
and gain real-world experience.           Anthropology majors showcase their
                                          research at Elon’s annual Student
Cutting-edge reseArCh                     Undergraduate Research Forum and
                                                                                     For more inFormAtion
in premier FACilities                     regional and national conferences.
                                                                                     pleAse ContACt:
The Department of Sociology and           Anthropology students also may be
                                          eligible for Elon’s challenging Fellows    Elon University Office of Admissions
Anthropology offers a convenient
                                          programs, including Honors Fellows,        2700 Campus Box
resource center to assist students in
                                          Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows         Elon, NC 27244
research projects, coursework or plan-
ning careers and graduate study. The      and Elon College Fellows in the
                                          College of Arts and Sciences. Each         800-334-8448 or 336-278-ELON
department also houses PERCS, an
                                          of these programs offers exceptional
interdisciplinary teaching-research
program dedicated to the study of         learning opportunities such as special
                                          courses, faculty mentoring, paid           For the most current informa-
local and global cultures. The PERCS
                                          research assistantships or internships,    tion visit our Web site often.
facility is equipped with qualitative
                                          and $1,000 study abroad grants.  
analysis software, video and audio
                                               Many Fellows receive scholar-
recording equipment, and online
resources including teaching modules      ships ranging from $2,500 to $8,000

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