Anthropology, Archaeology Concentration, BA
Contextualize the present by unearthing the past. This track is ideal for students who want to delve into the human past through material remains. With our outstanding, approachable faculty as your guide, you’ll learn how excavate, preserve, and study artifacts from former civilizations, accurately situating discoveries within the context of the expansive human narrative.
You’ll engage with the past and present through primary sources, hands-on research, and contemporary digital research methods, honing your critical thinking and communication skills. As the culmination of your study, you will generate an original work of archaeological research, using the tools and knowledge you’ve gained throughout your time at Saint Mary’s.
When students have completed the anthropology program they will be able to:
- Appreciate the great diversity of human cultures and the interrelatedness of economic, socio-political and religious systems.
- Approach cultural diversity with thoughtfulness and sensitivity. Examine their lives in social and cultural contexts and assess how their lives are affected by the specific time and place in which they live.
- Understand anthropological theory and methods and how they are applicable in and beyond academia.
- Employ critical reading, writing and thinking skills that will allow them to understand and contribute to an increasingly complex, multicultural and interdependent world.
- Express themselves with confidence and clarity in both oral and written communication. This includes an understanding of the difference between primary and secondary sources and how to properly cite and reference those sources.
Saint Mary's Testimonials
“SMC is well known for having an excellent student-to-teacher ratio, but beyond that is the quality of the professors. It was because of these professors that I secured a position in my field directly after graduation. This was the result of more than just the skills I was taught, but thanks to my advisor searching and finding field school opportunities specific to me. Without her guidance and support, I wouldn’t be on my current career path.”
- Carly Walker, Class of 2018, Anthropology and Art History
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