The Program in Ethnographic Studies is no longer accepting students for enrollment in the certificate program. Students in the Class of 2021 who are already enrolled will be supported in their completion of the Certificate in Ethnographic Studies.
Non-majors who are interested in ethnographic studies continue to be welcome in the Department of Anthropology's core methods courses (ANT 300 and ANT 301) as well as topical courses. Anthropology faculty are available to advise students who have taken one or more of these courses and need assistance with ethnographic fieldwork planning; use faculty office hours to schedule an appointment.
Ethnographic Studies certificate requirements are summarized below.
- five courses comprising a sequence of two core courses plus three electives
- ethnographic research (at least four weeks, normally continuous)
- a writing requirement fulfilled through a senior thesis in the student's department of concentration (thesis topic or discrete chapter) or a separate paper that addresses the student’s ethnographic research in some explicit way
The Ethnographic Studies certificate program provides advising on an ongoing basis, including summer advising support for students conducting ethnographic fieldwork. Before beginning their fieldwork, students will demonstrate proficiency in the relevant field or contact language and acquire Institutional Research Board (IRB) approval for research projects involving human subjects, if applicable.
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