The Department of Anthropology offers courses leading to the BA, MA, and PhD degrees, in the four main subdisciplines: physical anthropology, archaeology, anthropological linguistics, and cultural anthropology. The department offers courses cross-listed with the Departments of Geography, Indo-Pacific Languages, Linguistics, Physiology, Religion, Ocean and Earth Science & Technology, Peace and Conflict Education, Educational Foundations and the Women's Studies Program.
The graduate program is oriented toward training individuals to become well-rounded scholars and teachers, as well as competent researchers and/or practitioners in one or more subdisciplines. The curriculum focuses on Asia and the Pacific region with training that includes field research.
The department's teaching and research interests emphasize Polynesian anthropology and Pacific islands' cultures in general, Hawaiian, Pacific and Southeast Asian archaeology, medical anthropology, and Japanese and Chinese society. Marine anthropology and the human uses of space are growing interests.
Anthropology is an interdisciplinary social science and draws on the literature of the other social sciences, the biological sciences and the humanities. Its different subdisciplines draw on a variety of subjects including: physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, climatology, geology, linguistics, history, literary theory, religion, philosophy, art, aesthetics, cultural geography, etc. Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific materials are available through the appropriate area collections. Publications of the United States Government and International Organizations (United Nations, European Community), as well as maps, are obtained, housed, and serviced by the Government Documents department. Reference materials are selected by the reference staff in coordination with the subject selector. Works in ethnomusicology and recordings of music are selected by the Music Librarian and housed in Sinclair Library. Videocassettes and films are also selected by the AV Librarian and housed in Wong AV Center.
The department has access to the collections of the Bishop Museum, an internationally known center for Pacific research.
Date Complied: 7/01 Compiler: Vicky Lebbin