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This week, I started my junior fall at Dartmouth! I can't believe how quickly my Dartmouth experience is going by. In this post, I want to share the classes I'm taking this term; since I declared my anthropology major relatively recently (last spring), it's important that I take many classes that give me major credit so that I can have enough credits by the time I graduate! 

The first class that I'm taking this semester is Human Functional Anatomy. I'm taking it for multiple reasons. In terms of graduation requirements, the course fulfills one of my two science requirements while also giving me a lab requirement since we will work with the human cadaver lab at Dartmouth's medical school. In addition, the anthropology major requires that I take at least one course in scientific anthropology, which the course also satisfies. While I haven't taken a science course so far at Dartmouth, I'm definitely enjoying it! During this first week, it has been fun to switch it up and take a deep dive into topics like bone and muscle structures, things I haven't studied much before. I also think it's generally great to learn more about the human body and how it works!

Another class I'm taking is Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology. This course interested me because of its unique structure; rather than having the setup of a traditional class, students choose their own ethnographic research project to conduct over the course of the term. Ethnography consists of participant observation, interviews, and other methods in order to better understand how people experience the world qualitatively. Since I have total control over what sort of research I'll be doing, lots of responsibility falls on me to make sure that I keep myself on track throughout the term. I'm still unsure about what my focus of research will be, but maybe I'll write a blog post on it once the term is over!

My last class is another anthropology course titled Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective. The course is made up of lectures, readings, and discussions focused on how gender and sexuality operate as a framework in different parts of the world. I hope that the class will be a great opportunity to learn more about thinking from a critical perspective and look at how power runs through gender and sexuality.

At Dartmouth, the 10-week length of terms definitely means that you have to hit the ground running. However, the fact that I like all my classes definitely makes this easier—I can't wait to share more about this fall term with you all in future posts!

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