Both the anthropology and geoscience programs in the department encourage all students to become actively involved in the process of learning their disciplines. Our goal is to train students in the practice of anthropology and the geosciences, as well as to educate them about the major issues and content areas in each of these fields. In order to reach this goal faculty members have designed a number of field courses and experiences in both majors.
In anthropology, there is a standard archaeological field school (Anth 450) and a more specialized course in geophysical prospection (Anth 455). For cultural students there is a field tour of East Africa and two ethnographic field schools, Dakota/Lakota Field School and the Woodland (Meskwaki/Sauk/Iowa) Field School. The ethnographic field schools are offered annually on a rotating basis (Woodland in 2006, Dakota/Lakota in 2007, etc.) All of the anthropology field schools are offered in the summer session.
In the geosciences, students may develop their practical geoscience skills in a field geology class in the Bahamas, normally taught as a short course over the spring break, and a longer summer session field school in the Rocky Mountains.
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