The experience of going abroad is invaluable for anthropology majors because first-hand experience abroad provides insights into the culture, history, and human diversity of another country or world region. Students immerse themselves in another culture and learn about it from the perspective of host country instructors. The university offers more than 300 programs throughout the world, all of which qualify for general degree credit. Many programs also offer Anthropology major requirements. Prior language study or other prerequisites are necessary for some programs, so early planning for study abroad is essential. Further information about study abroad is available from Education Abroad. To get started, complete Education Abroad 101, offered online and in-person, and then connect with a study abroad advisor to discuss your options & start an application!

Conservation and Indigenous Peoples

Spring Tanzania Virtual Course with African women in brightly colored clothing and a student

Primates of Vietnam

Course Information:

Primates of Vietnam: Conservation in a Rapidly Developing Country is an immersive global seminar that will take place in southern and central Vietnam. We will travel to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) to begin an exploration into the conservation of primates in this amazing country. Vietnam is home to 25 primate species and an ever growing and expanding human population. This course will examine challenges, success, and failures in the conservation of these creatures within the context of development within the historical context of Vietnam.

The course will be divided into three segments, where we will travel to separate locations to address topics directly. In HCMC we will meet with government and non-governmental organizations (NGO) to discuss conservation and development and tour through this city to explore the historical and cultural changes that have made this a modern city. We will travel to Cat Tien National Park, one of the largest protected areas in Vietnam, where we will meet with science and technical officers, animal rescue center staff, and tourism coordinators to better understand changes and challenges in conservation on the front lines. We will also travel to Da Nang City to visit GreenViet, a recently formed conservation NGO and Son Tra Nature Reserve, where GreenViet is overseeing a number of activities. In addition, Son Tra NR is a location where conservation and tourism development are often in direct conflict.

Through all of these topics, students will keep a daily journal to submit through Canvas, detailing their views and concerns about these important issues.    

Learning Goals:

At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:

-Detail conservation concerns within Vietnam and the broader global context.

-Understand how field primatology research is conducted.

-Identify conservation organizations and how to be involved with the protection of biodiversity.

-Gain a deeper appreciation for cross-cultural study in an immersive setting.

Study Abroad Summer 2020

There are no pre-requisites and students at any stage of their undergraduate studies will be considered.
For more information see Education Abroad

Mexico - Oaxaca


  • Visit archaeological sites including the ancient mountaintop city of Monte Albán, the tombs of Mitla, the hilltop fortress at Yagul, and the Queen’s palace of Teposcolula.
  • Experience an ongoing archaeological field project and get to see the excavations of a 1200-year old city and hear about the research from the archaeological team.
  • Learn about the pre-Columbian history of Mexico including the origins of agriculture, early village life, hieroglyphic writing and sacred history, the rise and fall of cities, and Lord 8 Deer, Jaguar Claw.
  • Travel throughout the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca from highland valleys to the tropical Pacific coast and experience the languages, cuisine, art, and culture of Oaxaca’s indigenous peoples.   
  • The Rio Verde Project directed by Professor Joyce:

Mexico Global Seminar