ETH Core Courses

Ethnographic Studies certificate students take two core courses.


ANT 301A "The Ethnographer's Craft"

What are social and cultural facts? How do we identify these facts using anthropological research methods? How do ethnographers work with complex and often contradictory qualitative data?  And how do biases and beliefs affect the questions we ask, the data we collect, and our interpretations? The Ethnographer's Craft is a methods course aimed at introducing students to the practical aspects of ethnographic research, including research ethics – mainly to support students’ development of a research proposal for ethnographic research, normally undertaken during their rising senior summer. This course is offered once each year during the spring term.

When to take this course:  Designed for second semester juniors, ANT 301A may be taken anytime but no later than spring, junior year.  Visit courses for information on specific offerings of this course.


ANT 300A "Ethnography, Evidence and Experience" 

This course relates key concepts in anthropology (e.g., culture, society, power, meaning) to everyday experience, with the aim of fostering students' ability to think analytically and critically across diverse cultural fields. We alternate between classic theoretical texts and "dossiers" of highly current readings about issues both familiar to students (from experiences at home or abroad) and relevant to ethnographic research and writing. Ethnography, Evidence and Experience is a course aimed at clarifying the relationship between foundational ethnographic concepts and field experience, and between experience and evidence – mainly to support students’ reintegration of ethnographic studies into their independent work. This course is offered once each year during the fall term.

When to take this course:  Designed for first semester seniors, ANT 300A may be taken anytime up to and including fall, senior year.  Visit courses for information on specific offerings of this course.


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Program in Ethnographic Studies
116 Aaron Burr Hall

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