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The interdepartmental concentration in geography-anthropology combines courses in these two social sciences to examine the cultural, ecological, and spatial relations of diverse societies. Particular emphasis is given to the cross-cultural study of communities, regions, and their human environments from both anthropological and geographical perspectives.

Advisers: a faculty member from both Anthropology and Geography.

The following academic requirements are from the 2016/17 Vassar College Catalogue.

Requirements for Concentration

A total of 13 units, with no less than 6 units in each field, and the option of a senior thesis (GEOG 300-GEOG 301 or GEOG 302). In geography, the following courses are required: an introductory course (GEOG 102); a methods course (GEOG 220, GEOG 224, or GEOG 230); a 200-level regional course (such as GEOG 236, GEOG 238, GEOG 242); GEOG 304 and another 300-level seminar. In Anthropology, coursework must include one 100-level course (ANTH 100, ANTH 120, ANTH 140, or ANTH 150); ANTH 201-Anthropological Theory and two other 200-level courses; and ANTH 301-Senior Seminar and one other 300-level anthropology seminar.

Senior-Year Requirement

GEOG 304-Senior Seminar: Issues in Geographic Theory and Method and ANTH 301-Senior Seminar . An optional senior thesis (GEOG 300-GEOG 301 or GEOG 302). Majors normally write a senior thesis to be considered for departmental honors. If a thesis is written, the thesis course counts toward the major, but it cannot be a substitute for one of the four required 300-level seminars.


Fieldwork or a study abroad experience in either anthropology or geography is recommended highly.