Practical Anthropology (PRAN)

PRAN 420  Pre-Apprenticeship in Anthropology I 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ANTH 301. Identification of an applied research problem suitable for the apprenticeship, formulation of a set of research objectives, and review of the appropriate literature. 3 hours lecture.

PRAN 430  Pre-Apprenticeship in Anthropology II 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PRAN 420. Building on their knowledge of applied anthropology topics, selection of a research topic, and literature review in PRAN 420, this course provides students with instruction regarding the process of research site selection and project design. Students identify potential organizations for eventual apprenticeship placement. Emphasis is placed on the systematic gathering and analysis of information about both public and private sector organizations in the greater New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. This includes initial organization visitations relative to selecting an apprenticeship setting, the identification of an applied research problem, developing an apprenticeship contract, and preliminary research project design. 3 hours lecture.

PRAN 520  Apprenticeship in Anthropology 9 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PRAN 430. As an outgrowth of their pre-apprenticeship experiences, students are required to implement their practical anthropological fieldwork projects. Under faculty guidance and agency supervision, students collect and analyze data, and write a preliminary agency report. These experiences afford students the opportunities both to test their knowledge and to gain disciplined practice in their profession.

PRAN 531  Regional Studies in Practical Anthropology 3 Credits


The course uses anthropological approaches to primary and secondary data sources and participatory methodologies in exploring contemporary issues in the New York - New Jersey metropolitan area. Focal issues will vary from semester to semester. 3 hours lecture.

PRAN 620  Post-Apprenticeship in Practical Anthropology 9 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PRAN 520. The preparation and approval of a formal and systematically written monograph, based on an applied anthropology apprenticeship conducted in an agency or other appropriate setting.

PRAN 621  Treatise Continuation 1 Credit


Prerequisite(s): PRAN 620. This course provides the opportunity for students who have not completed the treatise during the semester long PRAN 620, Post-Apprenticeship in Anthropology course, to fulfill all requirements of the treatise during additional semesters. This course may be repeated three times; the maximum number of credits is one.