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The summer 2012 admissions deadline has passed.

JBS class study reveals poor air quality in Boston nail salons

Former JBS student launches new website!

"JBS was an eye opening experience every day."

Nail Salon Study

Click above to view the Nail Salon Study Poster. 

JBS Presentation

A Night Out with Toxic Free Nails: JBS Environmental Health and Justice Presentations!

Watch the video on the 2011 JBS Civil Rights and Racial Justice in Mississippi Program

2011 JBS Students will present their study at the International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology!

Meda Kisivuli's Blog on Healthy Boston

Nail Study on Her Campus Brandeis

Hanna Wellish '12, a student in the JBS Environmental Health and Justice Program, creates a short video about the students' work with Worcester Roots.

Philip Lu '11 writes about his experience in The Justice.


Ethnographic Fieldwork

At a Glance

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Program Overview

Have you ever wanted to do independent research on a topic that is exciting to you? Are you interested in how anthropologists and other social scientists do research and turn it into books, articles, films, Web sites, etc?  

Would you like to do independent study or an honors thesis? Do you want to participate in a JBS program that you help design yourself? 

This 10-week, 12-credit JBS Program provides you with the training and supervision necessary for independent field research in the Boston area, on a project of your own choosing. Learn and practice interview techniques, field note taking and management, and participant observation, all while exploring a topic you are passionate about. This program will allow you to develop skills that you can use for the rest of your life in graduate school and beyond. 

The first five weeks of the program will be devoted to learning field methods for anthropology and qualitative social science more generally, and to designing your own research, including applying for IRB approval, figuring out logistics and contacts, etc.  In the next four weeks, you will carry out your research in the Boston area, with the support of a three-hour weekly workshop and a mandatory weekly one-on-one meeting with Professor Ferry.  The final week of the program will be devoted to putting together final projects, which could be a paper, curriculum, video, or other product depending on the research. This portion of the program can be completed on campus or elsewhere.