Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I start off my day with the class titled History 302: Ancient Rome, which is taught by Dr. Michael Martin of the History Department here at Fort Lewis. The objective of the class is to go through the entire history of Rome from its approximate start in B.C. 753 to its eventual fall in 456 A.D. So far, this is one of my favorite classes that I have taken at Fort Lewis because the time of Ancient Rome is a favored historical period of mine. Even though I am not a history major anymore, I still love to learn about it. And now on to the observations that I promised by putting that title up there. One of the first things that I noticed when I walked in to Martin’s class is that if he notices something at least somewhat substantial on one of us or something maybe even behavioral wise with us, he will comment on it and make a joke with it. An example of this is when a student walks in late he will give them grief for it and then make a joke as to why they might possibly be late to his class. Next, one thing that I noticed is that at least 2 people in our class are injured. There is a fellow student from my Comp. 250 class, Ryan Kosco, whom is out for the next couple of weeks with a broken foot and then there is a student named Garret, I believe that’s his name, who dislocated his shoulder while snowboarding. One other thing I observed was that on the right side of the classroom, almost everyone who sits on that side was in a previous class with Martin last semester, so they already had somewhat of tight knit relationship with each other. These are only a few of the many observations that I was able to get but hopefully there is somewhat of a clearer picture of what my Ancient Rome class is like.
Here at the Fort, there are many different types of majors that a student can choose. For example, there is an art major, a history major, business major, and the list goes on. The major that I have chosen, though, is Anthropology. The exact definition for Anthropology is the study of humankind, but there are many different subfields that are apart of Anthropology. The four main subfields of Anthropology are: physical, cultural, linguistics, and archaeology. In each subfield there are also many other smaller disciplines that a person can study specifically. In physical anthropology, you can specifically look at primates, which is called primatology. Or you can do forensic anthropology as a discipline of physical anthropology, which is looking at human remains of a past person or a more recent person. Cultural anthropology you can specifically look at a single culture or group of people and figure out why they do certain things differently then others. The with linguistic anthropology, a person can study all different sorts of languages. They could specifically look at a dead or dying language and study the way the language was created and who still speaks it today. They could also look at how languages that are still around, are changing and evolving into what we know them as today. The last main major subfield of Anthropology is archaeology. Archaeology is the study of human history and our prehistory. Ways of studying this are through the excavation of ancient or recent sites and analysis of the artifacts that are found at these different sites. While I know that I want to study Anthropology as my major, I am still unsure of what specific field I wish to study in more detail. I know that from some of the Anthropology classes I have taken that I enjoy archaeology and physical anthropology, but other than that I still have some deciding to do. Only time will tell what I really want to do.