Many anthropology courses include research components and final projects. Majors can also take part in research and gain credit through approved independent study with faculty who have ongoing research projects. Some of the possible research opportunities in anthropology department labs include projects in archaeology, paleoethnobotany, geoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, genetic studies, human biomechanics, human osteology, human ecology, and primate studies.
Independent studies have led to senior honors theses in archaeology, sociocultural, and biological anthropology. In most cases, students express interest in working with a faculty member after taking the professor's course and learning about the research.
Human subjects review is necessary whenever a student is carrying out research involving interactions with human communities or individuals, whether the research is conducted in a foreign country or the U.S.
See the section on Human Subjects Approval.