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Dr. Allan Meyers
Professor of Anthropology
Discipline Coordinator of Anthropology

Eckerd College
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St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Anthropology is the study of human biological and cultural diversity. It is a holistic discipline that explores the mutual interdependence of biology and culture in the human species. Major subfields are cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. Those completing the anthropology major will be able to do the following:

  • Define and discuss the differences between biological and cultural aspects of humankind and the interdependence of these two areas.
  • Explain the concept of cultural relativity and its implications for intercultural relations.
  • Demonstrate ability to write a research paper, including a literature review and proper source citation, appropriate to the field of anthropology.
  • Successfully undertake an anthropological method of empirical data collection.
  • Formulate an analytical argument based on sound data and logical reasoning.
  • Demonstrate oral proficiency with a presentation that includes visual aids.

Requirements for the major include the following:

  • Five lower division courses: Introduction to Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Principles of Archaeology, and Statistics (in any discipline)
  • Four elective courses in anthropology
  • Two capstone courses: Anthropological Research Methods and either Cultural Anthropology Seminar or Archaeology Seminar
  • A senior comprehensive examination, or senior thesis (by faculty invitation)

All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. In addition, majors must satisfy an anthropology practicum requirement in one or more of the following ways:

  • Fieldwork in archaeology, biological anthropology, or cultural anthropology. Students may engage in independent study sponsored by anthropology faculty. An independent study contract must be agreed upon and approved prior to embarking on the independent study. Students may choose to attend summer programs offered by other colleges and universities if pre-approved by the anthropology faculty and the registrar?s office. To count as the practicum in the anthropology major, the course must be accepted as transfer credit. Students should consult with anthropology faculty to choose an appropriate fieldwork program.
  • An internship related to anthropology, chosen in consultation with anthropology faculty. An internship contract must be agreed upon and approved prior to embarking on the internship.
  • Specified Winter Term and Spring-Into-Summer courses led by anthropology faculty.
  • Study abroad programs recognized for credit by the International Education Office and the registrar with classroom coursework in anthropology extending over a significant period of time. Typically, such study would entail spending at least five weeks abroad during a semester or summer term.

Students work closely with a member of the anthropology faculty in arranging for the practicum and are responsible for informing themselves of the available types of practicum opportunities, for choosing one that meets their needs, and for fulfilling the terms of the practicum in a timely manner.

Requirements for the minor are Introduction to Anthropology and any additional four courses which bear the AN designation. Three must be Eckerd College courses.

The Eckerd Experience

Ellie Finkenaur '15, Anthropology and Spanish double major with a minor in Latin American Studies, was the 2015 recipient of the Ken Keeton Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement, the highest honor of the Comparative Cultures Collegium. Her senior thesis explores life history narratives of Maya-speaking women in Yucatan, Mexico. A member of Lambda Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies, Ellie is currently working for the Ministry of Education in Spain as a Language and Culture Assistant in the province of Galicia.

Life After Eckerd

Eckerd anthropology graduates have an outstanding record of achievement in graduate school, civil service, and multiple career fields. In the last decade, our alumni have entered graduate and professional programs across the country in a variety of disciplines. Learn more.