Anthropology Major & Minor
The Anthropology program at Stonehill focuses on the holistic study and understanding of other cultures from an insider’s point of view and explores the diverse ways in which human beings perceive and order the social world.
The Anthropology program, which centers on cultural and linguistic anthropology, gives students a competitive advantage in future pursuits by affording unique insight on the many factors that determine who we are and influence how we live.
Stonehill College’s focus on cultural anthropology helps students gain the skills to understand and appreciate human culture, and to study how people understand, organize, preserve and transform their social worlds. The theoretical lens and methodologies of anthropology center around dialogues with populations of concern, taking their culture into account and respecting their human and cultural rights.
The program aims to enhance students’ ability to thrive in an increasingly interconnected and globalized world by offering them an important critical framework for assessing the needs and appreciating the values and interests of diverse communities.
Interdisciplinary in nature, anthropology complements several programs at the College, including foreign languages, international business, healthcare administration, political science, arts administration, environmental studies and history.
Stonehill students have gone on to study anthropology at the graduate level, complete postgraduate service, including in the Peace Corps and Stonehill Service Corps, and begin careers in areas that include education, social work, travel consultation and business.
Fields that fit well with an anthropology degree include:
- Museum work
- International NGOs and development work
- Diplomatic corps
Study Abroad Opportunities
The anthropology faculty encourages students who have the desire, the academic skills and the opportunity to avail themselves of the College’s established international programs.
Places where past anthropology students have studied abroad include:
- Beijing Center, Beijing, China
- Université Stendhal, Grenoble, France
- City Year, Athens, Greece
- National University, Maynooth, Ireland
- Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
The anthropology faculty has available information on a wide variety of anthropology programs and internship possibilities located abroad. Students are encouraged to meet with the program chair for more information.
Anthropology students primarily use ethnographic research as cultural anthropology is qualitative, and its literature grounded in fieldwork.
Students’ coursework is informed by anthropological theory, ethnographic and archaeological research.
Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
The Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is an opportunity for students who have completed their first year at Stonehill to perform full-time, high-quality research over the summer months under the guidance of an expert faculty researcher. A student in the SURE program spends eight-10 weeks of the summer collaborating with a professor – and sometimes other students – on an original research project that fits into the faculty member’s overall research program.
The experience includes postgraduate career seminars, program-wide outings, weekly lunches and a student poster session in the fall. SURE students generally live on campus and receive a stipend for their summer work.
Recent SURE Anthropology Projects
Kamilia A. Drogosz ’12 worked with Erica Tucker, assistant professor of Anthropology, Sociology and Criminology, on a project titled “Exploring the Construction of Polish-American Identities.” They used ethnographic research methods to explore how Polish-Americans identify themselves with regard to their Polish heritage and how patterns of identification vary from one generation to the next.
Hannah Rosen ’12 worked with Professor Tucker on a project titled “La Famille Étrangère: Cultural Constructions of Frenchness and the Home Stay Experience.” The project was an anthropological study of the home-stay experience conducted with host families and students studying abroad in Grenoble, France.
Kelli Brodbreck ’14, a North Attleboro native and Sociology major at Stonehill, worked with Professor Tucker on “To Teach or Not Teach? A Cross-Cultural Examination of Museum Representations of Violence Designed to Educate Young Children.” Brodbreck and Tucker conducted an anthropological study of how Polish and American museums convey the facts and meaning of difficult historical incidents such as oppression, slavery and violence to young visitors.