Every year, our faculty members organize a variety of field study experiences that allow anthropology students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to the real world. Faculty conduct field schools in Indiana, the southwestern United States, South Africa, Romania, and other locations around the globe.  

Field studies are a great way to bring your classroom work to life and learn about different cultures. Our field studies are usually scheduled during the summer months, but some may be conducted during the semester. 


Ethnographic Field School: India

The department of Anthropology is offering an ethnographic field school in India in the summer of 2017. The course is titled "Ritual and Belief in India" and will be led by Dr. Robert Phillips. Dr. Phillips has 10 years of experience in India, which includes extensive travel and 2 years of MA research for his thesis on village goddesses in south India. 

The course begins with a one-week study tour of west and north India including stops in Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. In addition to getting acclimated to the Indian environment, we will also travel to a number of religious sites including a Hare Krishna temple in Mumbai, Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques in India) in Delhi, Galtaji (Monkey Temple) in Jaipur, and the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Upon arrival in Hyderabad, students will settle in to the Tagore International Guest house located on the campus of the University of Hyderabad, situated on 2,300 acres of jungle and home to hundreds of species of flowers, birds, reptiles, and mammals. Mornings will be spent attending informal lectures focusing on ethnographic methods. Afternoons and evenings will be devoted to visits to various religious sites in and around Hyderabad in which students will put those methods into practice. We will also take two excursions from Hyderabad - one to Nagarjunakonda (a 4th century Buddhist site) and Srisailam (a Hindu pilgrimage site and nature preserve).

For information about potential future ethnographic field schools in India contact Dr. Phillips rfphillips@bsu.edu.