One Does Not Simply…Write About Anthropology

My Time as a Graduate Student

This Semester’s Courses

on September 10, 2013

It is 3 weeks into the Fall 2013 semester and it had already been overwhelming with the amount of readings, project planning, and the anticipation of my husband’s deployment departure (which happens next week). Due to all that I have been lacking on blog posting. Now that I am organized (or least think I am) for this semester, I will be able to post more.

This semester I am taking 4 courses, all graduate level. It isn’t recommended but I have a personal goal to finish my degree by the end of the Spring Semester, right before Brian gets back from deployment.

The courses I am taking this semester:

  • Evolutionary Theory in Biological Anthropology – This course covers theories of evolution of humankind from the time of  Darwin to modern day theories. We have been reading The Origins of Species  for the past two classes.
  • Advanced Method & Theory in Archaeology – This course discusses the methods and theories that have been used to define and shape archaeology
  • Historical Research Methods in Archaeology – This is a practical application course that introduces the use of historical documents into archaeological research.
  • Disease & Culture – This course discusses how diseases has shaped culture and culture has shaped diseases. It is an introduction into Medical Anthropology.

I am almost covering the holistic approach to anthropology minus linguistics, Each course has a final project/research paper due which I plan to share my research and post the final products.  My ultimate plan is to somehow tie each of thesis final projects into my thesis somehow. It will be a challenge, but it makes all the more fun.

This semester I am also going to be working on my prospectus for my Masters Thesis (not that I don’t have enough to do this semester). Draft #1 has been done but I am sure there are going to be many revisions.  I want to remain busy and distracted with my work this semester and be able to focus most of my time in the Spring semester to write my thesis. I also need to be distracted to not think about missing my husband while he is on deployment.

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