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 misconception of anthropology is that it is the study of ancient remote or 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 the anthropology of the ocean, culture change, and the maritime and cultural history and adaptations of indigenous Pacific populations. Faculty members are doing research in maritime archaeology, linguistic anthropology, cultural anthropology, power, ethnohistory and visual anthropology.
Graduating students must be able to demonstrate their understandings and competence in applying the dimensions and determinants of human cultural, archaeological and linguistic diversity.
Graduating Anthropology students should successfully demonstrate the ability to:
Required Courses (21 credit hours): AN101, AN203, AN212, AN234, AN320, AN413, and MA385.
Electives (18 credit hours): AN321, AN369, AN381, AN462; GE/AN341. Upper division anthropology courses.
Required Courses (15 credit hours): AN101, AN203, AN212, AN234, and AN413.
Electives (6 credit hours): Upper division AN courses.
*SEE - STUDENT ADVISEMENT SHEET GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS and include under Tier II - Direction Building (DB) – 9-11 credits – 1) CF, DF or UU as Pre-req (Can be within a declared Major) – AN212; 2) DF or Major Exploration – AN234; 3) DF Exploration outside major requirement (May apply to a Minor or 2nd Major)
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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