Saint Louis University

One of the exciting aspects of Anthropological study is fieldwork. Fieldwork can certainly take place within the United States, but opportunities outside the U.S. allow students to experience other cultures in a unique first-hand way, and gain a greater appreciation for cultures different from their own. Fieldwork is a vital part of anthropological inquiry, and we are pleased to offer SLU students dynamic courses and fieldwork opportunities in the upcoming months and years that will enrich their classroom learning, as well as their lives.

Summer Primate Behavior Field School in Nicaragua & Costa Rica                 

Primate Behavior Field SchoolDuring select summers, Dr. Katherine MacKinnon will teach a field school on Primate Behavior & Ecology at either Ometepe, Nicaragua, or La Suerte, Costa Rica. When the course is taught at the Nicaragua site, the focus will be on social behavior and ecology of the mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata); when it is taught in Costa Rica, both howler monkeys and white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) will be studied. This course is designed to provide students with a sound foundation in primatological concepts and field techniques, as applied in a tropical setting. The material covered is equivalent to a upper-level university course in primate behavioral ecology. The course is divided into five distinct categories: formal classroom lectures, informal field lectures, readings and critiques, group projects, and individual research projects. In addition to the course mechanics, students will have the opportunity to interact with the local people and gain insight into the cultural histories of this Central American region.

Please see the following site for more information:

If you are interested in future field course opportunities, please contact:

Dr. Katherine C. MacKinnon
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Morrissey Hall - Room 1927
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314.977.2167

The Ethnographic Field School

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Saint Louis University has selected "The Right to the City" as the theme for its 2016 Summer Ethnographic Field School.

This three credit course will be held, May 16 - June 25.  Learn more by visiting: or contact Dr. Bruce O'Neill,