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The Department of Anthropology at Hofstra University, which includes the programs in Middle Eastern, African and Central Asian Studies, provides students with a broad-based education in human culture, diversity, and civilization. Students are encouraged to explore and participate in myriad field-study programs, including the department's archeological field school and a study abroad program in West Africa.
Professors offer students a view of the world drawn from their own experiences in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Central America. For majors and minors, we provide experience outside the classroom that ranges from ethnographic films at the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York City to visits to a Native American sweat lodge in eastern Long Island. Students have travelled to the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association and others have received prestigious internships with non-profit social justice organizations.

The archaeology sub-field of anthropology is focused on the surviving materials of ancient and historic cultures. The analysis and interpretation of these materials involves distinct practical skills and theoretical approaches within anthropology. For students with an interest in archaeology, the archaeology option provides an anthropological foundation, supplemented by focused training in archaeological techniques, methods and theories. 

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