Studying Anthropology at Kenyon
Anthropology is often referred to as the science of humanity, embracing biological, historical and cultural studies as distinct but interrelated pursuits. Kenyon’s anthropology department provides unusual breadth for an undergraduate program, with a curriculum covering biological anthropology, cultural anthropology and archaeology.
Anthropology professors are accomplished researchers who have conducted field work throughout the world, providing groundbreaking insights into the origins of humanity, from Maya societies in Central America to Neanderthal ingenuity in Europe.
What's in a name?
Palme House, Kenyon's home for anthropology, was named for Olof Palme, a former prime minister of Sweden — and graduate of Kenyon's Class of 1948.
Introduction to Archaeology
Today people increasingly live in highly industrialized and urban civilizations. But how long have humans had “civilization”? What is civilization and how can it be recognized? This course addresses these questions through looking at the basic elements of archaeology and its place in anthropology.
Science and Pseudoscience
Our TVs and bookstores are full of works claiming the discovery of lost Atlantis, describing contact with aliens, and documenting sightings of Yetis and Bigfoots. But when entertainment poses as science, it can be dangerous. This course examines how we know about the world around us and what passes for knowledge.
Habitat and Humanity
Humans take for granted the spaces that frame our everyday lives. In this course we make the familiar strange by asking: Why do most Americans live in square spaces? What would it be like to live in a cave? Can houses be spiritual places? Having a place to dwell makes us human while shaping us into bearers of culture.
Neanderthals: dull, dim-witted, hairy, stooped, savage and primitive. Is this image of our closest relative on the human family tree accurate? Did Neanderthals really have trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time? This course examines the evidence that informs us about Neanderthal behaviors and capabilities.