Core Courses

The European Fieldstudies Program training consists of a required three core course sequence which covers both topics in European Studies and methods of study.

ANTH 660 : Seminar in European Anthropology I. 4 Credits. Fall. The orientation seminar includes general introduction to field work and research design. It's main purpose is to help students formulate their specific research plans and to prepare them for their fieldwork in Europe.

ANTH 680 : Field Course in European Anthropology. 9 Credits. Spring. In this Field course students will travel to Europe and conduct their field research.

ANTH 685 : Seminar in European Anthropology II 3 Credits. Fall. Students returned from travel need to enroll for this follow-up seminar in which they carry out analysis of their field data and prepare the results of their research for publication, masters thesis or other research paper.

Related Courses

There are many graduate and undergraduate courses on language instruction, research methods in the social sciences, and European societies and cultures and offered at University of Massachusetts. Unique to the University is the DEFA film library, which hosts international conferences and film series on East German cinema.

Participants are strongly encouraged to pursue additional coursework that will help prepare them for their research project. Because new courses are continually being added, a student's best bet is to directly consult individual department web pages. Listed below are some of the regularly offered courses and tips on where you can find out about others.

Anth 697: Topics in the Anthropology of Europe. Dr. Jacqueline Urla. This seminar is strongly recommended for fieldstudies participants It.examines recent ethnographic work focused on the New Europe.   Our interest is to ask both what issues anthropologists are studying in Europe and the role of ethnography in the study of contemporary social processes. We will also be concerned with how studies in and of Europe can contribute to the broader theoretical debates about culture and power taking place in anthropology as a whole.

Language Instruction

Students must acquire language skills sufficient for field research. To take courses in language instruction, see the relevant department web pages: French and Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese, and Slavic Studies. Students may also find language instruction at the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages. Instruction is available in languages such as Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Farsi/Persian, Modern Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Norwegian, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wolof and Yoruba.

Research Methods

Basic fieldwork methods are reviewed in Anth 660. Students can acquire additional training in qualitative methods, the ethnography of communication, media analysis, quantitative methods, and survey techniques in a variety of graduate courses offered on campus.

See Research Methods Courses for more information.

European Area Studies Courses

Courses in specific European national cultures, histories, and politics are offered in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UMass. Fieldstudies participants are urged to take advantage of these courses in preparation for their field project.

See European Area Studies Courses for more information.