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Undergraduate Program

Clusters – Designing Your Anthropology Major

Memory and History

Photo: Nya Lödöse

Anthropologists look deeply through time even as we look broadly across cultures and places. Many of our courses investigate the ways that the past can live in the present, as well as different ways of "telling time" and making meaning from memories and histories. In a literal sense, archaeology — one of the sub-branches of anthropology — explores the material traces of the past, while our core course on the history of anthropological thought shows the study of cultures, societies, and human life to be a conversation long unfolding, one woven into global histories and politics, and to which we might contribute our voices.

See also: Performance and Media

Faculty: Lauren Sullivan, Cathy Stanton


  • ANTH 05-03 The Presence of the Past
  • ANTH 50 Prehistoric Archaeology
  • ANTH 128 Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • ANTH 130 History of Anthropological Thought
  • ANTH 132 Myth, Ritual, and Symbol
  • ANTH 134 Consuming Cultures: Tourism, Travel, and Display