Overview

What are the research opportunities for anthropology majors at The College of Wooster?

Faculty members in anthropology at The College of Wooster have ongoing research projects in North and Latin America, Africa, East Asia and the Mediterranean and focus areas that include medical anthropology, gender and sexuality, witchcraft and religion, linguistic anthropology, educational anthropology and evolutionary theory. Because all students at The College of Wooster complete a senior Independent Study project, undergraduates work directly with faculty mentors to complete original research of their choosing.

Anthropology at The College of Wooster

The Anthropology and Sociology programs at Wooster are closely affiliated. The programs emphasize the value of learning how to deal with contemporary social and cultural issues and how to develop problem-solving and research skills. Students have abundant opportunities to learn and conduct research outside the classroom, including a course taught once a year in a juvenile prison and semester programs abroad. Students can opt to be part of a 3-2 program with Case Western Reserve University, allowing them to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in social work in five years. Wooster graduates in anthropology often go on to graduate school or pursue careers in education, law, public administration, public health, business, and medicine.

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Faculty & Staff

Christa Craven

Christa Craven

Dean for Faculty Development; Professor of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

ccraven@wooster.edu

Elizabeth Derderian

Elizabeth Derderian

Assistant Professor of Anthropology; Museum Studies

bderderian@wooster.edu

Heather Fitz Gibbon

Heather Fitz Gibbon

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; Department Chair of Urban Studies

hfitzgibbon@wooster.edu

Pam Frese

Pam Frese

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

pfrese@wooster.edu

Setsuko Matsuzawa

Setsuko Matsuzawa

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Anthropology and Sociology; East Asian Studies

smatsuzawa@wooster.edu

David McConnell

David McConnell

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology [On Leave 2021-22]

dmcconnell@wooster.edu

Michael Miyawaki

Michael Miyawaki

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

mmiyawaki@wooster.edu

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Olivia Navarro-Farr

Associate Professor of Archaeology; Sociology and Anthropology (on leave 2021-22)

onavarro-farr@wooster.edu

Anne Nurse

Anne Nurse

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

anurse@wooster.edu

Siavash Samei

Siavash Samei

Visiting Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology, Middle Eastern & North African Studies

ssamei@wooster.edu

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Santha Schuch

Administrative Coordinator - Africana Studies, Archaeology, East Asian Studies, Middle Eastern & North African Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, South Asian Studies, Urban Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

sschuch@wooster.edu

Zareen Thomas

Zareen Thomas

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

zthomas@wooster.edu

Tom Tierney

Thomas Tierney

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

ttierney@wooster.edu


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Major

Anthropology explores the variety of human groups and cultures that have developed across the globe and throughout time. Anthropologists hope that by seeing ourselves in the mirror of alternative cultural and historical possibilities, we can come to a better understanding of our own assumptions, values and patterns of behavior.

Students who major in anthropology take 12 major-specific courses in addition to foundational courses in the liberal arts and electives. After taking Introduction to Anthropology, majors delve into courses including Ethnographic Research, People & Cultures, Physical Anthropology and Linguistic Anthropology. Archeology and sociology courses are popular related areas of study.

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Minor

To earn a minor in Anthropology, students complete six courses, including:

  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • People and Cultures
  • Physical Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology or Intro to Archaeology (choose one of the three)
  • Enthnographic Research or Social Statistics (choose one)
  • And two additional elective Anthropology courses

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Independent Study

In the senior year, each student works with a faculty mentor to conduct an intensive investigation of a subject of the student’s choosing, which results in the senior Independent Study thesis.  Recent students have investigated folklore and oral traditions in rural Ohio, the place of dreams in the Sioux culture, and tuberculosis as a symptom of poverty in Ecuadorian society.

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Alumni

Many anthropology majors from The College of Wooster go on to complete graduate study in anthropology, but many others pursue careers in education, international development, law, social work, public administration, business, English as a Second Language (ESL), counseling, medicine, or museum studies.


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Lectures

Stieglitz Memorial Fund

Established in 1989 in memory of Martin Stieglitz, a sociology major at The College of Wooster who died in an off-campus apartment fire in the spring semester of 1989, this fund supports an on-campus lecture by a prominent sociologist or anthropologist. Stieglitz Lecturers are selected by department faculty members and invited to speak at an event for students and members of the Wooster community.

Stieglitz Lecturers in past years have included:

2019: Patrick J. Carr, Billy Clubs and Terry Stops: Minority Youth Experiences of Police

2018: Matthew W. Hughey, White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race

2017: Lieth Mullings, Engaged Anthropology: Race, Racism, and Social Movements in the Americas

Faculty Emeriti

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Robert Blair

Professor Emeritus, Sociology and Anthropology

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Charles Hurst

Professor Emeritus, Sociology and Anthropology