Requirements for the major

Eleven courses are required for the major, including:

ANTH UN 1002 The Interpretation of Culture

and one of the following introductory classes:
ANTH UN 1007 The Origins of Human Society
ANTH UN 1008 The Rise of Civilization
ANTH UN 1009 Introduction to Language and Culture
EEEB UN 1010 The Human Species: Its Place in Nature

plus:
ANTH UN 3040 Anthropological Theory I
ANTH UN 3041 Anthropological Theory II


plus:
BC 3871 Senior Thesis Seminar I
BC 3872 Senior Thesis Seminar II

and:
Five electives in the major, only one of which may be a further introductory class.
Three electives must be 3000 level or higher and must be taken at Barnard or Columbia.

FORMER Major requirements

(for those enrolled in the major before June 2009)

Ten courses are required for the major, including:

ANTH UN 1002 The Interpretation of Culture

and two of the following:
ANTH UN 1007 The Origins of Human Society
ANTH UN 1008 The Rise of Civilization
ANTH UN 1009 Introduction to Language and Culture
EEEB UN 1010 The Human Species: Its Place in Nature

plus:
ANTH UN 3040 Anthropological Theory I
ANTH UN 3041 Anthropological Theory II

plus:
BC 3871 Senior Seminar I
BC 3872 Senior Thesis Seminar II

and:
three electives within the major

Double and Joint Majors

Students doing a double of joint major must enroll for at least one seminar of BC3871 or BC3872

Requirements for the Minor

The minor consists of five courses: ANTH 1002; One of the following, ANTH 1007, 1008, 1009, or EEEB 1010; plus three other courses in the major selected in consultation with you advisor, for which 2 of the 3 electives students take for the minor must be 3000 level or above.

How do I...?

Declare a major or minor?

The Major
You may declare a major during or after the second semester of your sophomore. Obtain a "Major Declaration Form" from the Registrar's Office and meet with the anthropology professor you know or with the department chair. File one copy of the form with the Department Assistant in 411H Milbank Hall and the original with the Registrar.

The Minor
You declare a minor in anthropology once you have completed five courses within the major. Obtain a "Minor Declaration Form" from the Registrar's Office and have this signed by the department chair. File one copy of the form with the Department Assistant in 411H Milbank Hall and the original with the Registrar.

Declare a Double, Combined or Special Major?

Speak with the department

Receive Course Approval for Summer School?

Meet with your advisor to discuss the course and, if possible, provide a course description and reading list. When the course is completed fill out the course approval request form, and provide a copy of the syllabus and other course requirements to your advisor. It is only after this has been submitted that course approval will be assessed. Approval is at the discretion of the department. Courses that do not meet Barnard standards for workload or intellectual rigor will not be granted major or minor credit.

Receive Study Abroad Approval?

You can receive departmental credit for a maximum of two courses taken abroad, out of the total of ten courses required for the major, or one course taken abroad out of five courses required for the minor.

Only one course taken abroad may be used for the colloquium requirement, and only if it is a small course (fewer than twenty students) and if a research paper is the major part of the grade. This requires the approval in writing of the chair of department, and is granted when you return from study abroad and provide a copy of the paper and the course syllabus for departmental review.

Before going abroad you must fill out the Dean of Studies' Study Leave Course Approval Form (online, in PDF), listing the courses you plan to take. Please see the chair of department and provide course descriptions from the program or college catalog. This pre-approval does not guarantee you course credit from the department toward the major or minor. At the discretion of the department, courses that do not meet Barnard standards for workload or intellectual rigor will not be granted major or minor credit. (If in doubt, while you are abroad, you can fax or e-mail reading lists at the beginning of the term to the chair of the department.)

In addition to the guidelines above, visit the Study Abroad site

Receive Advanced Placement Credit?

Speak with the department

Receive Credit for an Internship?

Barnard does not award academic credit for internships per se. However, you may use an internship experience in an independent study project sponsored by the department and receive credit for the academic work involved in the project. Online instructions about the independent study are available.

Do An Independent Study?

Students who wish to do an independent study project should speak to a full-time Barnard Anthropology faculty member willing to serve as sponsor, then fill out a "Request for Approval of Credit for Independent Study" (see link below) and obtain signatures from the sponsor and chair of the department. File the form with the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing, which must approve all requests. (Note that no credit is given for an internship or job experience per se, but credit is given for an academic research paper written in conjunction with an internship, subject to procedures outlined above.) Students must consult with the sponsor in advance of filing as to workload and points of credit.

A project approved for three or four points counts as a course for the purpose of the ten-course major or five-course minor requirement. No more than two such three or four-point projects may be used for the major, and no more than one for the minor. An independent study project may not be used to satisfy either the colloquium or senior seminar requirements.

Each instructor is limited to sponsoring one independent study project per semester.

The Registrar will assign a section and call number unique to the faculty sponsor. The Request for Approval of Credit for Independent Study is available (in PDF) from the Registrar's web site.

Receive Funds for Senior Thesis Research?

Fieldwork Research Grant in Anthropology
The Department of Anthropology awards funds for senior thesis research to be carried out in the summer between the junior and senior year. Students who wish to apply should develop ideas with their major advisor. The application procedure can be downloaded here. Funds for Senior Thesis Research Applications are due April 1 2014. Click here for file download. Fieldwork Research Grant (Updated 3/2015)
 

Stigler Grant for Archaeological Fieldwork
All full-time undergrad and grad students at CC, BC, and GS are eligible to apply, excepting students who will graduate before their field season. Preference will be given to students majoring in Archaeology and Anthropology. Awards typically run about $300-$1,000, for 8-10 students. For information about how to apply, contact Prof. Boyd or Prof. D'Altroy http://www.columbia.edu/cu/archaeology/pdf-files/stigler.pdf

Tow Foundation Travel Fellowship
Barnard rising seniors seeking funding for travel expenses related to research for their senior essay should contact Dean James Runsdorf (also at 212-854-2024) in the fall of junior year about the Tow Travel Fellowship. Candidates must apply to the Committee on Honors (CoH) before March 1st of the junior year to request support for travel that will take place during the summer between the junior and senior years. Starting in 2002 the Tow Foundation has donated $25,000 each year to support senior research-related travel. Individual awards have ranged between $1,000 and $3,500.

Lucyle Hook Travel Grants
The Lucyle Hook Travel Grants are awarded by the Committee on Honors to promising Barnard rising or current seniors with enriching, eclectic senior projects who demonstrate originality and self-direction. Students seeking funding for travel and other research expenses related to their senior essay project can apply to the CoH for this grant. Expenses may be incurred during the summer prior to the senior year as well as during the senior year, i.e. the rising or current senior may apply in November for either the previous or the following summer. The applicant should submit a full description of her essay with a detailed estimate of expenses, along with a letter of recommendation from her (prospective) senior essay advisor, to the attention of Dean James Runsdorf.  The nomination deadline usually is around November 10. About $1,500 is available each year, with most grants in the $100-$300 range.

Obtain GER designation for a course?

Guidelines for Submitting Courses for GER Designation:

The Barnard Committee on Instruction considers designation requests for courses. All requests must be made by Department or Program Chairs. Students who wish to request designations for courses must submit their requests to the appropriate department. The Department Chair will determine if the request should be pursued with the Committee on Instruction. In preparing a request for designation, please keep in mind that not every course will be approved for a designation.

Instructions for Submitting Courses for GER Designation:
-    In addition to a brief rationale, attach a copy of the current, or most recent, syllabus. If a course is to be considered for more than one category, please submit recent exams and/or comparable assignments as well as the syllabus.
-    Department Chairs should submit course designation requests for any of the GER categories to Patricia Denison 110 Milbank.

Before submitting a course(s) for GER designation, please note the following:
-    GER designated courses should be the "bread and butter courses" suited primarily for a general education audience, and first-year students in particular.
-    Most GER courses should not have a prerequisite. Graduate courses and, in most cases, upper-level courses with prerequisites are not eligible. Intermediate and upper level courses intended primarily for majors should not be submitted, unless a non-obvious category is requested, e.g. an English course for Cultures in Comparison, a Psychology course for Social Analysis, or a History course for Reason and Value.
-    Be aware that not all courses offered in literature or comparative literature automatically qualify for the Literature requirement. Eligible courses must clearly emphasize literary texts, methods, and theory.
-    The designation requested should reflect the primary focus of the course. The COI expects that a single course will typically fulfill one or possibly two GER categories. In exceptional cases, a course may fulfill a third category if a convincing rationale is presented to the COI.
-    If more than one category is being considered for a single course, please ask: if this is the only course that a student takes in this area, will the aims of the requirement be well served?
-    In some cases, the COI may need to request more information on the approach and methodology of a particular course before it can make a decision on designation for the GER.

Feel free to contact Abigail Lembersky with any questions at alembers@barnard.edu or x 3-0426.

HUMAN SUBJECTS (RASCAL-CITI) CERTIFICATION?

 

Required for all anthropology class assignments and papers, and senior thesis projects, that involve human subjects research.  Please see the following attachment for how to register with CITI and receive training.  Once you complete this training it is good for a full calendar year and applies to all subsequent projects during that time period.  Make certain you print out your certificate that confirms you have completed the necessary training.  Give a copy of this to your instructor and/or supervisor, as appropriate.

http://anthropology.barnard.edu/sites/default/files/human_subjects_training_instructions_1.8.14_0.pdf

See Who Studied Abroad?

Name

Place of Study

Program Studied

Email

Arnaud, Malena

Gulu, Uganda & Kigali, Rwanda

SIT, Uganda/Rwands Post-conflict Transf.

ma2623@barnad.edu

Badder, Anastasia

University of Auckland

Pacific Studies

ab2787@barnad.edu

Bouboushian, Lorene

Ghana

SIT "Ghana: Arts and Culture"

 

Danis, Annie

Excavations at Amhedia in Dakhla Oasis, Egypt

NYU's Insititute for the Study of the Anciet World

ad2458@barnard.edu

Fernandez, Iris

Egypt Dakleh Oaisis

NYU's Excavations at Amheida

if2149@barnard.edu

Lee, Cyrena

Paris

Reid Hall

cl2445@barnard.edu

Schapiro, Sophie

Mexico

SIT

ss3257@barnard.edu

Taylor, Anne

Pitzer College

Botswana Program

at2389@barnard.edu

Weiner, Marley

University of Haifa

International Prgram

mw2439@barnard.edu