Anthropology

Anthropology Major

Anthropology is the scientific study of humankind in all its aspects--biological and cultural. It is the broadest of all the social sciences. It is not bound by time, for it goes back to the earliest primates of 65 million years ago in tracing human ancestry, as well as studying past cultures (archaeology) and looking to the future. And it is global, not bound by space, for anthropologists study peoples in remote corners of the world as well as those just outside our own doors. Anthropology has one foot in the humanities, with cultural anthropology, and one foot in the natural sciences, with physical or biological anthropology. It is a holistic science, for it looks at the mutual interdependence of the biological and cultural aspects of humans.

Career Opportunities

The goals of the Anthropology major include introducing students to the different career choices in the academic world and in international business. Anthropologists typically become experts in one or more cultural areas of the world, and their work often requires them to spend varying periods of time in foreign countries. Some of the occupations that anthropologists fill today, in the U.S. as well as abroad, include teachers in high schools, professors in colleges and universities, and researchers in academic settings and governmental agencies.

In addition, anthropologists serve in the U.S. State Department, community development agencies in the U.S. and abroad, and in public health programs. The study of anthropology is also an excellent foundation for specialists in cultural resource preservation, multicultural education, and multicultural management, as well as managers in international business, evaluators of intercultural and international programs, reporters for intercultural magazines and journals, and videographers for ethnographic films.

h3>The Program

Those completing the Anthropology major demonstrate the ability to:

  • define and discuss the differences between the biological and the cultural aspects of humankind, and the interdependence of these two areas;
  • conduct literature research and engage in scholarly writing that is logically cohesive and properly documented;
  • explain the concept of cultural relativity and discuss the implications for intercultural relations; and
  • distinguish logically reasoned arguments or positions based on sound data from those which lack sound supporting data and/or rest on questionable assumptions.

They must also demonstrate:

  • knowledge and experience in the fundamentals of empirical research, including anthropological methods and techniques of gathering data, data analysis, and the writing of a research report;
  • familiarity with a variety of topical, regional and applied fields of inquiry; and
  • preparedness for graduate programs in the field of anthropology and in related multicultural and international fields

Anthropology Minor

The Anthropology minor consists of the following five courses:

  • AN 201G Introduction to Anthropology
  • 4 electives in Anthropology
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