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RUFUS D. SMITH HALL • 25 WAVERLY PLACE, 1ST FLOOR • NEW YORK, NY 10003-6790 • 212-998-8550
CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT:
Professor Terry Harrison
Professor Rayna Rapp
DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES:
Associate Professor Tejaswini Ganti
Center For the Study of Human Origins
The Center for the Study of Human Origins (CSHO) in the Department of Anthropology at New York University was founded in 2002. Its mission is to enhance and facilitate research in all fields of biological anthropology and archaeology that are broadly related to the study of human origins and evolution from a biological and cultural perspective. CSHO’s aim is to foster and support multidisciplinary investigations, with an emphasis on the development of collaborative projects, international fieldwork, and state-of-the-art laboratory research.
Special Resources and Facilities in Biological Anthropology
Excellent research laboratories dedicated to molecular primatology, primate hormones and behavior, comparative anatomy, paleoanthropology, and human osteology, as well as computer facilities, are available in the department.
The NYCEP Program
New York University participates in the New York Consortium for Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP), a graduate training program in evolutionary primatology that includes City University of New York, Columbia University, the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, and the American Museum of Natural History. The consortium provides an integrated training program that allows
students to take courses, seminars, and internships at any of these institutions given by more than sixty biological anthropologists, primatologists, and vertebrate paleontologists participating in the program. Students also gain practical experience through required internships, where they work individually on research projects with NYCEP faculty. Most students are provided the opportunity to travel abroad during the summer to conduct research at active field sites.
Special Resources and Facilities in Archaeology
The department maintains excellent laboratory facilities for teaching and research in protohistoric and prehistoric archaeology. An array of computer hardware and software, including image analysis capabilities, is available for graduate research projects. In addition, there is a thin-section laboratory for seasonality studies, and excellent microscopic equipment, including access to scanning electron microscopes. A zooarchaeological reference collection and a ceramics laboratory are available for teaching and research purposes.
Special Resources and Facilities in Culture and Media
Production classes and facilities in HD video are provided at New York University’s Department of Film and Television in intensive summer workshops entitled Cinema: The Language of Sight and Sound, and in documentary workshops taught by faculty in the Tisch School of the Arts. Students produce their own documentaries in a small, intensive, yearlong digital video documentary production seminar for advanced culture and media students using HD digital video cameras as well as Final Cut Pro editing systems. The Department of Anthropology has a film and video screening theatre, the David B. Kriser Film Room, as well as an excellent and expanding collection of over 400 ethnographic documentaries, including most of the classics, important recent works, and a unique study collection of works by indigenous media makers. The Department of Cinema Studies has a collection of over 500 films in its Film Study Center, and the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media in Bobst Library contains nearly 2,000 tapes of films and documentaries as well as videodisc facilities available to students. In addition, some of the best film, video, and broadcast libraries are available in New York City, including the Donnell Film Library, the Museum of Modern Art Film Library, the Museum of Broadcasting, and the film and video collection of the National Museum of the American Indian.
Center for Media, Culture, and History
The program works closely with the Center for Media, Culture, and History. The Center sponsors fellows, screenings, lectures, and conferences and integrates concerns of faculty and students from the Departments of Anthropology, Cinema Studies, History, and Performance Studies as well as other programs. The Center addresses issues of representation, social change, and identity construction embedded in the development of film, television, video, and new media worldwide. For more information about the Center, visit their Web site at cmchnyu.org.
Center for Religion and Media
The Center for Religion and Media seeks to develop interdisciplinary, cross-cultural knowledge of how religious ideas and practices are shaped and spread through a variety of media. The Center, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, is a collaborative project of NYU’s Program in Religious Studies and the Center for Media, Culture, and History, providing a space for scholarly endeavor, a stage for public educational events, and an electronic interface with media specialists and the public through its innovative online journal, The Revealer: A Daily Review of Religion and the Press (therevealer.org).
For more information about the Center, visit its Web site at crmnyu.org.
Master of Arts Program in Anthropology
The department offers a stand-alone M.A. only to students interested in Human Skeletal Biology. Students take a total of 36 points of course work for the M.A. degree. Departmental Seminar, ANTH-GA 1000, is the only required course for the M.A. The Human Skeletal Biology track prepares graduates to apply the principles and techniques of skeletal biology and genetic research in biological anthropology to a variety of contexts, including those in the forensic sciences (e.g., medical examiner’s office, coroner’s office, armed forces, criminal justice, law enforcement, mass disasters). HSB also provides useful training for students who are preparing for admission to doctoral programs in skeletal biology and human evolution. Prospective students should hold a B.A. or B.S., preferably with an emphasis in anthropology, biology, or the natural sciences. Students generally take the following courses or their equivalents: (1) Human Osteology, ANTH-GA 1516, (2) Interpreting Human Skeletal Morphology, ANTH-GA 1520, and (3) Biological Variation Among Human Populations, ANTH-GA 1517 or Human Genetics and Biology, ANTH-GA 1525. In addition, students usually take an approved statistics course and at least one field training or internship course.
Doctor of Philosophy Program in Anthropology
The doctoral degree requires a total of 72 points. On completion of at least 60 points of course work and no later than one year after completion of all Ph.D. course requirements, a student must take the written Ph.D. comprehensive examinations. These examinations cover work in three areas of specialization and are evaluated by the student’s Ph.D. committee. After completing all Ph.D. course work and passing the comprehensive exam, the student is eligible for the M.Phil. degree. Completion of these requirements as well as an oral defense of the dissertation proposal means that the student has achieved Ph.D. candidacy and may pursue dissertation research. After completion of the dissertation, the student defends the dissertation at a final oral examination conducted by members of the Ph.D. committee and two additional scholars. Three members of the examining committee must be from the anthropology faculty.
Advanced Certificate Program in Culture and Media
The Departments of Anthropology and Cinema Studies offer a joint course of study, integrated with graduate work in either of those departments, leading to the Advanced Certificate in Culture and Media. Core faculty are Professor Faye Ginsburg, director of the Program in Culture and Media; Associate Professor Tejaswini Ganti and Assistant Professor Noelle Stout of the Department of Anthropology; and Assistant Professor Toby Lee of the Department of Cinema Studies. For more information on the Culture and Media program, please consult that section of this bulletin.