With its emphasis on the comparative study of culture and society, the Department of Anthropology strongly encourages students to participate in both formal study abroad programs and independent or sponsored international research projects.
Anthropology majors (or prospective majors) planning to study abroad are encouraged to consult early with the departmental representative. In order to accommodate study abroad, the Department is flexible about the scheduling of core courses. That said, since ANT 301, the spring course on field methods, is strongly recommended for fieldwork (and normally required for senior thesis fieldwork funded by the Anthropology Department), students who develop an interest in anthropology early in their matriculation and anticipate field research as part of their independent work are encouraged to take ANT 301 during the sophomore year if they plan to study abroad in their junior year spring. The Anthropology Department encourages students to do field research as part of their independent work, but fieldwork (whether abroad or in the U.S.) is not required.
For the Class of 2016 and beyond, some of the requirements for the major will change; however, the Department will remain flexible in administering the requirements so as to encourage and facilitate students’ study abroad experiences
Anthropology majors write one Junior Paper, due in the spring term. Normally, this is a paper based on library research. During the fall semester, students meet with their advisers and Junior Seminar group to develop a topic, compile a bibliography and formulate a proposal for further research and analysis. In the spring, students continue to work with their advisers and Junior Seminar to complete the project. If a student is abroad, work toward the JP in either semester can be conducted via e-mail with an assigned adviser and, to the extent possible, a Junior Seminar section.
Although some anthropology majors utilize their study abroad experiences in the classroom and library as the basis for their senior year independent work, others choose to design and undertake an independent field research project outside of their “abroad” classroom. Such projects are not part of an established study abroad program, but may involve extensions of the student’s stay overseas in the same location or nearby. Fieldwork projects are planned independently by the student with his or her adviser. Additional information is available from the Anthropology Department.
Anthropology majors have studied in a wide variety of overseas universities and programs, often taking courses that are not available at Princeton. In the past few years, students have studied at:
- Argentine Universities Program, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- University of Melbourne, Australia
- University of Queensland, Australia
- CIEE Study Center at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the University of Chile, Chile
- Associated Colleges in China, Beijing, China
- Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
- Princeton in Cuba, University of Havana, Cuba
- American University of Cairo, Egypt
- London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, London, England
- School for Oriental and African Studies, University of London, England
- University College London, University of London, England
- Hertford College, Oxford University, Oxford, England
- Goldsmiths, University of London, England
- Academic Programs Abroad, Paris, France
- Center for University Programs Abroad, Paris, France
- Berlin Consortium for German Studies, Berlin, Germany
- Antioch Buddhist Studies Program, Bodh Gaya, India
- Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
- University of Auckland, New Zealand
- University of Canterbury, New Zealand
- University of Otago, New Zealand
- University of Cape Town, South Africa
- University of Edinburgh, Scotland
- Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona, Spain
- IES in Salamanca, Spain