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ERIC Number: ED279255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Research and Relevance in the University: The Case for Anthropology.
Suggestions for overcoming declining enrollments in the field of anthropology are proposed that have relevance for other humanities disciplines. Declining enrollments in anthropology are linked to its perceived academic relevance; students are concerned about employment after graduation. The problem of declining anthropology enrollments and majors and shrinking programs and faculty can be addressed by refocusing the curricula to emphasize the role of anthropology in the marketplace and the types of jobs available to anthropologists. It is important to structure anthropology curricula at the undergraduate level to reflect the training and expertise necessary to tap this job market. Integrating disciplinary research into the curricula is an important part of this process. Students should be informed that job opportunities for bachelor's level anthropologists are in three separate areas: historic preservation (also called contract archeology and cultural resources management); biomedical anthropology; and international development. This new curricular model would be based on the application of the fundamental theories, methods, and techniques of anthropology to this expanding market. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Regional Conference on University Teaching (2nd, Las Cruces, NM, January 8-10, 1986). For complete proceedings, see ED 276 328.