Field Programs

Students of Anthropology have a variety of opportunities to gain experience in research and with other cultures by means of a semester abroad, field courses, independent research during the semester, or summer research.

  1. International ProgramsStudy Abroad
    Courses of the Department of Anthropology are linked to five programs in the International Academic Program:
    • Academic Safari in Northern Tanzania
      This program is offered during the summer and provides the opportunity to learn about the cultural and natural landscapes of northern Tanzania.
    • Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
      The Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments (ICTE) organizes this Study Abroad Field Course in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. It is offered during the summer and fall semester.
    • Turkana Basin Field School, Kenya
      The Turkana Basin Institute offers a field school in Kenya (10-weeks, Fall and Spring semesters) in which students study geology, paleontology, ecology, and archaeology with leading scholars in these sciences, including Richard and Meave Leakey.
    • University College London, Institute of Archaeology
      This program provides the opportunity to study Archaeology for a semester or an academic year at the University College London's Institute of Archaeology, one of the foremost archaeological teaching and research institutions in the world.
  2. Field courses
    The Institute for Long Island Archaeology (ILIA) and the Department of Anthropology frequently offer summer field programs in archaeology on Long Island. Additional information is provided in the SOLAR system under the relevant course numbers.
  3. Research and Fieldwork opportunities
    Students have the option of conducting independent studies in the field or in one of the archaeology or physical anthropology laboratories. Faculty in the Department of Anthropology have been conducting field work with nonhuman primates in Africa (Doran-Sheehy) and in Southeast Asia (Koenig and Borries) and maintain a field site concerned with research on and conservation of nonhuman primates in Madagascar (Wright). Faculty are also engaged in archaeological excavations on Long Island (Bernstein), Ethiopia (Hildebrand), Kenya (Shea and Hildebrand), and Turkey (Stone and Twiss). And faculty conduct primate and human paleontology research in Kenya (Rossie) and South Africa (Grine). Additional information about opportunities for research in the field and in the various laboratory facilities can be obtained by consulting individual faculty web pages.