The department of anthropology at Connecticut College is committed to the presentation of anthropological knowledge in the context of the liberal arts curriculum, and to the ideal that the major in anthropology is one of the best ways to gain knowledge in a broad, comparative and integrative manner. Because anthropologists study the human experience across space and time, anthropology is probably among the most interdisciplinary areas of knowledge represented in any college or university curriculum.
This commitment to making productive connections takes several forms. Our faculty work closely with the College's five interdisciplinary centers, serving as faculty advisors to center applicants and frequently acting as supervisors to students writing up their culminating projects (individual studies or honor theses). Two of our faculty members have joint appointments in other departments (Prof. Lizarralde in Botany and Prof. Steiner in Art History/Museum Studies). And we have broadened course offerings through cross-listing courses offered by additional faculty with anthropological training in other departments (Prof. Harlan in Religious Studies, Prof. Ivanov in Slavic Studies, and Prof. Wilson in Music).
Anthropology majors and minors engage in interdisciplinarity as well. Many of our students pursue a minor or another major, drawing connections between such diverse fields as art, art history, biology, economics, English, Hispanic studies, international relations, and psychology, to name a few. And a number of anthropology majors and minors gain acceptance into the interdisciplinary centers, most commonly CISLA, Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment, and Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy.