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Ripon College offers a major and minor in anthropology.
As a student of anthropology at Ripon College, you will work closely with faculty and fellow students pursuing a variety of research, scholarship and service interests. You will be challenged to seek the essence of what it is to be human by examining our similarities and differences with other primates, our buried archaeological past, our current ways of doing things, and the human predilection to use symbols in talking, writing and the arts.
The department introduces students to the discipline through ethnographic material, the use of interpretive theory, and individual and collaborative research pursuits. Students are encouraged to construct individual programs in such areas as archaeology; human evolution; and biological, cultural, linguistic and psychological anthropology.
Classes promote independent thinking and discussion, and students often work alongside faculty members on research projects both here and abroad. Upcoming travel opportunities with faculty members include a Liberal Arts In Focus trip to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, and a semester in Tanzania focused on ecology and human origins.
Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.
As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.
What can I do with an anthropology major?
Anthropology can lead to careers in research and teaching in university and museum settings. More often, it provides a background for further work in other disciplines of the social sciences, humanities and biological sciences, as well as for professional careers in government, business, law, medicine, social services and other fields.
Recent graduates have taken many paths, including graduate school programs in archaeology, cultural anthropology, public policy, public health, Native American studies and museum studies; and careers as museum curators, social workers, university professors and public school teachers.
Recent graduates of our program work for:
- Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety
- Alliance for the Great Lakes
- Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare
- Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program
- Minnesota Autism Center
- The Nielsen Company
- Wisconsin Historical Society
- Illinois Judicial System
- St. Norbert College
Job titles of recent graduates include:
- Case manager
- Legislative analyst
- Marketing analyst
- Police officer
- Adjunct faculty
- Corps team member
- Grant manager
Ripon College’s anthropology faculty encourage their students to acquire experience in other cultures through participation in off-campus study. The College offers study-abroad semesters in countries around the world, Liberal Arts In Focus study-and-travel experiences to such destinations as Peru and Chile, and a semester in Tanzania.
Ripon is one of the nation’s rare colleges to offer continuing archaeological field work opportunities as part of regularly held classes. Locally, faculty members and students carry out excavations at prehistoric and historic sites. Fieldwork opportunities abroad also are available through our Liberal Arts In Focus and other off-campus study programs.
During Liberal Arts In Focus in 2010, anthropology major Betsy Fontaine traveled with Professor William Whitehead and fellow students to the Moquegua region in southern Peru, where she worked in a museum organizing plant materials from the pre-Inca Tiwanaku and Wari cultures. Betsy also had the opportunity to spend a semester in London, England, and Florence, Italy.
Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.