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Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

 



University of Guam

 

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Anthropology is the holistic study of humankind. The discipline is distinctive among the human sciences and humanities in that cross-cultural (comparative inter-regional or global), ecological, and evolutionary perspectives are commonly employed. The four major divisions of anthropology are archaeology, cultural anthropology, anthropological linguistics and biological (or physical) anthropology. A popular conception of anthropology is that it is the study of either ancient or remote and exotic living people. But anthropology, in fact, is concerned with studying the cultural, social and biological configurations of all human societies, past and present.

Given Western Micronesia’s geographic, historical, socio-cultural and human biological realities, Anthropology is a particularly appealing and relevant program of study at the University of Guam. The ever-changing dynamics of Guam’s contemporary multi-cultural society, and the presently under-appreciated heritage (historical, cultural, linguistic, and biological) of the indigenous peoples of the Marianas and Micronesia, situate the University of Guam as an ideal setting for faculty and students to engage in anthropological (and collaborative, transdisciplinary) research. The Anthropology Teaching Laboratory (HSS110) and both microfiche and online web-based access to the Human Relations Area Files at RFK Memorial Library are some of the resources available. The program is focused on the study of culture change, and the biological and cultural history and adaptations of indigenous Pacific populations. Faculty members are presently engaged in research in archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, cultural change, and biomedical anthropology.

Graduating students must be able to demonstrate their understandings and competence in applying the dimensions and determinants of human biological, cultural and linguistic diversity, including: Graduating Anthropology students should successfully demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Understand the current issues and debates in the subfields of anthropology;
  2. Utilized the concept of cultures as a fundamental organizing concept of anthropology;
  3. Articulate knowledge of the history and theories of anthropology;
  4. Collect anthropological data according to generally accepted professional anthropological practices; and
  5. Analyze anthropological data in both oral and written forms.

 

Division of Humanities

University of Guam

Administrative Assistant

Office Location: HSS Bldg., Rm. 121C (Division Office)
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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ANTHROPOLOGY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (Total: 43 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (18 credit hours): AN101, AN203, AN212, AN413, LN300, and MA385.

Electives (25 credit hours): AN222, AN262, Upper division Anthropology courses; 6 credit hours may be selected from the following: GE/AN341, LN460, or BI315315L.

 

ANTHROPOLOGY MINOR REQUIREMENTS (Total: 22 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (16 credit hours): AN101,AN203, AN212, AN222, and AN332.

Electives (6 credit hours): Upper division AN courses.

 

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Faculty Advisors

David Atienza

Associate Professor, Anthropology/Micronesian Studies

Office Location: HSS Bldg., Rm. 120C
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923

Expertise

Anthropology
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David Atienza received a PhD in Anthropology from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2006. He has taught history, philosophy, anthropology and applied linguistics at different institutions and universities in Spain. Dr. Atienza's research interests are focused on Cultural Identity Processes, Speech Analysis, Linguistic Anthropology, and Ethnohistory.   He has published the book, Viaje e Identidad: La Genesis de la Elite Quichwa-Otavalena en Madrid, a multilocal ethnography product of fieldwork conducted in Otavalo, Ecuador and Spain or La Violencia del Amor, an edited volume focused on different perspectives on human violence.  Dr. Atienza has recently published the articles “Death Rituals and Identity in Contemporary Guam” and “Embodied silent narratives of masculinities Some perspectives from Guam Chamorros” and he is working in ethnohistorical interpretation of the Mariana history with articles like “A Mariana Islands History Story” or “Priests, Mayors and Indigenous Offices: Indigenous Agency and Adaptive Resistance In the Mariana Islands (1681 -1758)”, among others.

 

University of Guam

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Division of Humanities

Office Location: Tan Lam Pek Kim English & Communication Building., Rm. 118E
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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  • Ph.D. Anthropology
  • M.A. Social and Political Thought
  • BA (Hons.) Social Science (Sociology)



Dr. Douglas Farrer is Head of Anthropology at the University of Guam. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Guam. Dr. Farrer's research interests include martial arts, the anthropology of performance, visual anthropology, the anthropology of the ocean, psychoanalysis, digital anthropology, and the sociology of religion. He authored Shadows of the Prophet: Martial Arts and Sufi Mysticism, and co-edited Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge: Asian Traditions in a Transnational World. Recently Dr. Farrer compiled "War Magic and Warrior Religion: Cross-Cultural Investigations” for Social Analysis. Currently he is researching Brazilian jiu-jitsu and learning scuba diving.

University of Guam

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Office Location: Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Rm# 120A
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923

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Anthropology
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Dr. Bill Jeffery has been working as a maritime archaeologist for over 30 years. In 1990, Bill was a member of an Australian team that trained some of China’s first maritime archaeologists. Since 2002, he has been working on various aspects of maritime archaeology in Hong Kong and more recently the training of a number of local divers, and the implementation of maritime archaeology research and excavation projects, the first such projects to be conducted in Hong Kong. Bill’s background in maritime archaeology is in Australia, where after studying with the Western Australian Museum, he formulated and coordinated a maritime heritage program for a state government agency, Heritage South Australia from 1981-2001. He went onto working with the Federated States of Micronesia National Historic Preservation Office and completing a PhD in maritime archaeology at James Cook University. He is a consulting maritime archaeologist to ERM Hong Kong, and Research Associate with the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. He has implemented various types of archaeological and heritage investigations in Australia, the Pacific region, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and various countries in Africa. Bill has lectured in cultural heritage preservation, maritime archaeology and conducted maritime archaeology field schools with Flinders University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Guam and James Cook University in addition to teaching Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) training programs in eleven different countries.

 

Some current activities and project work can be seen at:

 
Blog: INTERPRETING SEABEE JUNKYARD, GUAM 

AN 462, Spring 2016: Advanced Field Methods Archaeology

 

Associated Faculty

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Chair, Micronesian Studies Program; Associate Professor, Sociology/Micronesian Studies Program

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 2nd Floor (Division Office)
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Dr. Evelyn Flores

Associate Professor of English, Division Chair Division of English & Applied Linguistics

Office Location: EC Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 213E
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Professor, History

Office Location: HSS Bldg., Rm. 121B
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Professor, Sociology 

Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 3rd Flr., Rm. 318D
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Kirk Johnson was raised for most of his childhood in the mountains of Western India where he attended an International Baha’i School with students from over 34 different countries. This experience had a profound and indelible impact on his life, world view and the course of his future career. He returned to the United States for University at the age of 17 and found himself drawn to the social sciences. After earning his Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada he moved to the polar opposite side of the world (a tropical island in the Pacific) where he now lives in a little cottage with his beautiful wife Sarah and their son Aidan, a stone’s through from the tranquil blue ocean. And when he is not building tree houses or forts with his son, or tending his garden or bumming on the beach, he works at the University of Guam as a professor of Sociology.
 
He has lived on Guam since 1998 and has served as Director of the Bali Field School for a decade and a half. Traveling to Bali, Indonesia with students and scholars for the past fifteen years has been the most rewarding part of his job, allowing him the opportunity to connect with others in ways that a classroom setting makes difficult. And though this project keeps him up late into the night planning and fundraising throughout the year, he knows that one glimpse of a student standing in the middle of a rice field on their first morning in Bali or watching their spirit transform as they sit on a dirt floor in a remote village and laugh and talk and sing with children and families that seem to live a life so radically different from their own, allowing them to reflect deeply on the social, economic, and geo-political forces that have created such vast differences in wealth in the world today, makes it all worth it. Kirk’s areas of research and academic interest include development and social change, globalization, mass media, culture, religion and education, human ecology and sustainability.
 
Kirk is also very involved in learning about the nature of capacity building and community development among diverse Pacific island communities and his work and service as a Baha’i takes him to communities throughout Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia to learn how village communities at the grassroots are endeavoring to empower children and junior youth, are striving to foster the devotional life of their families and communities and how indigenous peoples from varied backgrounds are learning to take charge of their own material and spiritual destinies. To learn more about any of this work and to get involved in these efforts please write to him at kirkjohnson99@gmail.com  

 

EDUCATION

  • BA - Sociology, Fort Hays State University, 1990
  • MA- Sociology, Ohio University, 1992
  • MA - International Development, 1992
  • Ph.D. - Sociology, McGill University, 1998

 

Bali Field School

Click on the links below to find out more about the Bali Field School, an annual course that is held each year over spring break.

 

Student Research and Service

 

Casting Our Net: Rediscovering Community in the 21st Century (Documentary Produced by the 2007 Bali Field School) - 5 Part Series.

This Documentary has been screen at three International Academic Conferences as well as in Bali, Indonesia.

University of Guam

Assistant Vice President, Graduate Studies, Research, and Sponsored Programs (GSRSP)/Director, Center for Island Sustainability (CIS)

Center for Island Sustainability
Graduate Studies, Sponsored Programs & Research
Office Location: GSRSP Office, 1st Floor, Health Science Bldg.
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Professor, Social Work

Office Location: HSS Bldg., Rm. 105
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Emeritus Faculty 

Emeriti

Rebecca Stephenson, Professor Emerita of Anthropology
Rebecca A. Stephenson, PhD, was awarded Professor Emerita in Anthropology at the University of Guam in 2008. She was a full-time Faculty Member in Anthropology at UOG for 30 years, from 1977 until retirement. Her MA and PhD in Anthropology were awarded from the University of Oregon in 1971 and 1976, respectively. She was the Co-Director of the Balinese Macaque Project from 1999-2002 and team-taught a capstone course at UOG in Bali Field Studies from 2004-2007. More recently, Dr. Stephenson co-directed a philanthropic project in the Cook Islands under the auspices of Abercrombie & Kent, Inc. She served as a panelist of the National Geographic Society’s online Destination Survey, and received the Distinguished Alumna Award from her alma mater, Hamline University, in 2007. She is currently a Board Member of the Guam Preservation Trust, the Historic Preservation Review Board, and the Guam Council of Women’s Clubs. 

Hiro Kurashina, Director Emeritus of Micronesian Area Research Center (1991-2003)
Dr. HiroKurashina is the Emeritus Director of MARC. Dr. Kurashina earned his PhD, MA and BA in Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, with an emphasis in Old World Archaeology. Upon graduation, he became a lifetime member of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa of California. On Guam, Dr. HiroKurashina received a grant from the National Geographic Society to direct an Archaeological Research and Student Training Project at Tarague Beach from 1980 to 1984. During the past three decades, Dr. Kurashina carried out field research in the Marianas, Micronesia, Polynesia, and Indonesia.  For the last three summers, Dr. Kurashina joined archaeologists from MARC, UOG (Dr. John Peterson and Dr. Mike Carson) and UH at Manoa (Dr. James Bayman) to conduct an Archaeology Field School at Ritidian on the northwestern coast of Guam. 

 

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