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Programs of Study

Anthropology and Geography

Anthropology and Geography Major (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Geography offers an interdisciplinary perspective bridging cultural and physical landscapes to current topics such as resource management, sustainability, globalization, and community resilience. Students in the program will use empirical and theoretical methodologies to understand the way in which humans interact with the world and how environmental factors influence human society. This approach provides a path to careers in physical geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), environmental science, cultural anthropology, and archaeology. As a unification of two complementary disciplines, this degree prepares graduates for a global market where an understanding of the interactions between cultures and the physical environment can provide a significant competitive and functional advantage. 

Anthropology and Geography Major Requirements

Contact: Dr. Carolyn Dillian, Chair
Department of Anthropology and Geography
843-349-2777, cdillian@coastal.edu

Anthropology Minor

Anthropology offers a framework for the study of human culture, human origins, and adaptation over time. We use empirical and theoretical approaches to understand culture change and human diversity, past and present. This program capitalizes on our unique Lowcountry setting with its rich history that includes Native American cultures, European colonial settlements, Revolutionary War sites, plantation systems, Gullah Geechee cultures, agriculture, Civil Rights movements, international migrations, and modern tourism. An anthropology minor adds a holistic component to human biological sciences, social sciences, and humanities majors, and is an asset to those entering an ever expanding global market, where an understanding of human diversity, past and present, provides a competitive and functional edge. In addition to introductory required courses, students take advantage of upper?level anthropology electives and may participate in field studies, laboratory analysis, seminars, advanced methods courses or internships.

Contact: Dr. Carolyn Dillian, Anthropology Minor adviser
Department of Anthropology and Geography
843-349-2777, cdillian@coastal.edu

Georgraphic Information Systems (G.I.S) Minor

A minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is designed to give students a broad understanding of the geographic concepts that underpin GIS and related geospatial technologies, as well as develop practical skills in utilizing these technologies to address applications in a wide range of disciplines and domain areas. The structure of this minor goes beyond ‘software knowledge’ and introduces students to fundamental theories related to spatial thinking and geographic information, and provides training in the tools and techniques required to utilize GIS and geospatial technologies in professional settings. In addition, students will explore the social and cultural impacts of the increasing use of these technologies in both the public and private sectors.

Contact: Dr. Susan Bergeron, GIS Minor adviser 
Department of Politics and Geography 
843-234-3496, sbergero@coastal.edu

African Diaspora Studies Minor (Department of History)

The interdisciplinary minor in African Diaspora Studies (ADS) provides you with the learning environment and the tools to deepen their knowledge about the history, art and culture of people of African descent. From the local Gullah communities to the worldwide African diaspora, this field of study seeks to provide a scholarly approach to understanding the lives of black people wherever they are located across the globe. By studying the minor, you will develop multifaceted analytical tools of inquiry for human engagement and informed citizenship; therefore, the minor complements almost every major. The minor consists of 18 credit hours of coursework drawn from at least three disciplines and up to six disciplines.

Contact: Dr. Gillian Richards-Greaves, Assistant Professor of Anthropology 
Department of Anthropology and Geography
843-349-6459, grichards@coastal.edu

Or

Dr. Maggi Morehouse, Professor of History 
Department of History
morehouse@coastal.edu

Geospatial Technologies Certificate

The certificate in Geospatial Technologies develops a broad understanding of concepts foundational to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related geospatial technologies, as well as practical skills in utilizing these technologies to serve a wide range of disciplines. The program emphasizes the application of geographic information tools and spatial thinking skills to government, scientific, business and even humanistic fields such as history.

Contact: Dr. Susan Bergeron, Geospatial Technologies Certificate adviser
Department of Anthropology and Geography
843-234-3496, sbergero@coastal.edu

Cultural Heritage Certificate (Department of History)

Cultural Heritage Studies prepares you to understand, interpret, and promote a broad range of artifacts, texts, buildings, landscapes, and behaviors of cultures around the world, with an emphasis on our own unique region. In an interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate program in cultural heritage studies, you will train in heritage interpretation and outreach, promoting community engagement in the process. You will develop skills and values pertinent to public history, digital history, museum studies, cultural resource management, and heritage tourism. The certificate involves 12 to 13 credit hours, complementing a wide range of majors, including history; anthropology and geography; art history; and hospitality, resort, and tourism management.

Contact: Dr. Amanda Brian, Chair
Department of History
843-349-6653, abrian@coastal.edu 

Or

Dr. Carolyn Dillian, Chair
Department of Anthropology and Geography
843-349-2777, cdillian@coastal.edu