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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 Ethic Studies, Linguistics, Religion, 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.


Language: The primary language is English, but also collected are the indigenous languages of the areas studied.

Chronological: No limitations.

Geographic: No limitations, but the primary interest is island cultures in general, cultures of the Pacific, Southeast Asia, and to a lesser extent East Asia.

Date of Publication: No limitations, but current material is emphasized.

Types and Formats of Materials Collected: No limitations, but the emphasis is on current journals and books. Documentary and ethnographic films and videotapes used for instruction are purchased by the library. All formats may be collected, including electronic, print, and microform.

Electronic Format: Electronic resources include indexes, databases, reference tools, e-books, and so forth. Networked electronic access is preferred for full text journal literature and for indexing and abstracting.

Treatment: Popular treatments are excluded, otherwise no limitations. Pictorial treatments are not emphasized.

Major Microform Holdings: The library subscribes to the Human Relations Areas Files (HRAF), a collection of primary source materials indexed to allow cross-cultural comparison.

Compiled by: Vicky Lebbin

Date: June 2008

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