For those with interests in cultural heritage, anthropology provides intensive training in approaches to the material remains of the past and their role in the contemporary world. Along this pathway, students come to understand cultural heritage from excavation to exhibit, learning how archaeology works to recuperate the past, how institutions like UNESCO decide what counts as heritage, and how museums shape our understandings of ourselves and one another. The anthropology of heritage not only explores who we were in the past, but also asks why the past matters today.

This pathway through the major could include these courses:

Sociocultural requirement:

  • Anthr 1400 The Comparison of Cultures

Archaeological requirement:

  • Anthr 1200 Ancient Peoples and Places OR
  • Anthr 2465 Global Heritage

Biological requirement:

  • Anthr 1300 Human Evolution: Genes, Behavior, and the Fossil Record;
  • Anthr 3000 Introduction to Anthropological Theory;

2 of the following 3000-level courses:

  • Anthr 3232 Politics of the Past;
  • Anthr 3451 Global Movements of Cultural Heritage;

2 of the following 4000-level courses:

  • Anthr 4120 Archaeology of Orientalism;
  • Anthr 4230 History of Archaeological Thought;

8 credits of electives that could include any of the 3000/4000-level courses above or

  • Arkeo 4020 Designing Archaeological Exhibits;
  • Arth 4107 The Museum and the Object;
  • Arth 4508 Exhibiting Cultures;
  • Arth 4771 Indigenous Art, Film, and New Media: Anti-Colonial Strategies
  • Other courses from Anthropology or other units with departmental approval.
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