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Field and Methods Courses

The Department of Anthropology offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in hands-on or experiential learning. We offer both international and local field courses, and several dedicated methods courses each year. In addition, many of our other offerings include elements of experiential learning through lab or tutorial activities.

International Field Courses

We periodically offer intensive and immersive field research experiences, providing advanced undergraduate students with the opportunity to participate in original research. These 1.0 credit courses are offered over 4-5 weeks in May-June. Some additional fees apply. In the past we have offered: Field Course in Buenos Aires, Argentina on “The Politics of Food” (2016), Field Course in Environmental Anthropology in Madagascar (2008, 2010, 2012, 2015), and Archaeological Summer Field School in Peru (2007, 2009, 2011).

Spring 2017: Field Course in Environmental Anthropology in Madagascar

In our fifth offering of this course, in May-June of 2017 Dr. Andrew Walsh will lead a group of Western students undertaking collaborative research with students from l’Université d’Antsiranana.

Read the 2015 Madagascar field course’s Facebook page at:

View videos of the Madagascar and Peru field schools at:

Upcoming Experiential Learning Courses 2017-2018

Spring/Summer 2017:

ANTH 3324A: Archaeological Field School - Site Management & Service (May 15-June 2)

ANTH 3398B  Special Topics in Anthropology: Advanced Zooarchaeology (June 5-23)

ANTH 3322: Field Course in Environmental Anthropology (in Madagascar May-June)

Fall 2017:

ANTH 2223F: Doing Fieldwork in Anthropology

ANTH 3307A: Field Methods in Archaeology

ANTH 3338F: Skeletal Biology

Previous Experiential Learning Course 2016

Field Course in Argentina, Spring 2016
This course, led by Dr. Adriana Premat, invited students to reflect on food and politics in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at a time of crisis, five months after the inauguration of Mauricio Macri’s government.

View two videos prepared by students who participated in the 2016 Argentina field course:

Read the 2016 Argentina field course’s Facebook page at: