Alma College students have the ability to design their own area of academic concentration—with the assistance of a faculty advisor—to meet specific educational or career goals. In recent years, students have graduated with Programs of Emphasis majors in such fields as arts management, archaeology and anthropology, environmental policy and community advocacy, Foreign Service and international law, and music technology and digital media....
Dr. Mary Theresa Bonhage-Freund
Departments: Sociology and Anthropology
Thanks to a Superman cartoon in which a mummy came to life, Dr. Mary Theresa Bonhage-Freund first became interested in archaeology at age 6. When her grandfather took her to The University Museum in her hometown of Philadelphia to see real mummies, she says she knew there was no turning back.
“Archaeology is the cultural anthropology of the past, so there is a natural link between the study of living populations and the lives of their ancestors,” she says. “I find that the study of other cultures, ways of life, and belief systems opens windows to the world I would never have otherwise experienced by merely reading or traveling.”