All Luther College students complete a senior project as a culminating, independent experience. Students with more than one major typically complete only one senior project, but many take advantage of the opportunity to develop a project that combines their interests in two or more disciplines.
Anthropology majors who elect to complete the senior project in anthropology must address an issue of contemporary anthropological importance through a theoretically grounded analysis of anthropological data. In many cases, the students collect the data themselves, which might involve measuring artifacts and other archaeological remains; conducting interviews; making detailed observations of a cultural setting; or examining the content of films, advertisements, popular songs, or other expressions of contemporary culture.
Students give oral presentations of their research at the annual Anthropology Senior Project Symposium. Many choose to present their work at the Luther College Student Research Symposium, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, or other regional or national conferences. Explore conference presentations and publications by students in anthropology.