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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.


International Programs –  Study Abroad

Courses of the Department of Anthropology are linked to five programs in the International Academic Study abroadProgram:

This program is offered during the summer and provides the opportunity to learn about the cultural and natural landscapes of northern Tanzania.

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.

The Turkana Basin Institute offers a field school in Kenya (10-weeks, Fall and Spring semesters; 6-weeks, Summer) in which students study geology, paleontology, ecology, and archeology with leading scholars in these sciences, including Richard and Meave Leakey.

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.

Research and Fieldwork opportunities

Students have the option of conducting independent studies in the field or in one of the archaeology or Fieldwork
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 in Ethiopia (Hildebrand), Kenya (Shea and Hildebrand), and Iraq (Stone). And faculty conduct primate and human paleontology research in Kenya (Rossie) and South Africa (Grine). Additional information about opportunities for research in the field an in the various laboratory facilities can be obtained by consulting individual faculty web pages.

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