Program Information

Students who are curious about the similarities and differences among cultures around the world often find a fresh analytical perspective in anthropology. This program emphasizes sociocultural anthropology, which is the study of contemporary peoples as investigated directly by anthropologists through field research. Departmental offerings also provide exposure to particular cultural areas in which the faculty hold expertise: Asia, Latin America, Africa, Native North America, and the Islamic World. For majors and minors in anthropology, the sequence of courses in theory and methods seeks to encourage analytical skills, provide a foundation in anthropological theory and develop practical skills in observation, interviewing, ethics and interpersonal rapport. The study of anthropology contributes to the liberal arts education of students by providing new tools for understanding and analyzing the diversity of world cultures, as well as our own.

Career Opportunities in Anthropology

With its emphasis on non-Western cultures and its integration of perspectives from the humanities and sciences, anthropology offers versatile training for students in our increasingly interconnected world. A major or minor in anthropology provides excellent preparation for careers in research, education and human services, especially those which involve contact with international and/or multicultural communities. Students of anthropology find employment in both the public and private sectors, in fields as diverse as international development, refugee resettlement, hospital administration, museums and cultural resource management, and tourism.

Facilities and equipment available to the department include classrooms, offices and instructional aids in Eaton Hall, Native American art collections in the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and library holdings.

Requirements for the Anthropology Major (9 Credits)

Core courses

  • ANTH 150 (US) Controversies and Issues in Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 361W Ethnographic Methods
  • ANTH 371 Survey of Anthropological Theory

Five elective courses, selected from:

  • ANTH 144 Topics in Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 231 (TH; US) Native North American Cultures
  • ANTH 232 (US) Peoples and Cultures of Africa
  • ANTH 233 (US) Peoples & Cultures of Asia
  • ANTH 235 Cultures of Mexico and Ecuador
  • ANTH 243 (CA) Listening to the World: Introduction to Ethnomusicology
  • ANTH 258 Selected Area Studies
  • ANTH 303 Museum Studies Seminar
  • ANTH 335 Visual Anthropology
  • ANTH 344 Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 345 Sex and Gender in Anthropological Perspective
  • ANTH 351 (EV) Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights, and the Environment
  • ANTH 353 Myth, Ritual and Religion
  • ANTH 355 Warfare, Violence, and Peace
  • ANTH 356W Language and Culture
  • ANTH 358 Special Topics in Anthropology
  • ANTH 394 Internship in Anthropology
  • CHNSE 252 (US) Rites of Passage in Chinese Societies
  • FREN 341 (IT) Oral Tradition and Performance in African Literature
  • IDS 205 Chemawa Indian School Partnership Program
  • IDS 243 Race, Racism and Human Genetics

Senior Year Experience

Requirements for the Anthropology Minor (5 Credits)

Core courses

  • ANTH 150 (US) Controversies and Issues in Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 361W Ethnographic Methods
  • ANTH 371 Survey of Anthropological Theory

Two elective courses from the following:

  • ANTH 144 Topics in Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 231 (TH: US) Native North American Cultures
  • ANTH 232 (US) Peoples and Cultures of Africa
  • ANTH 233 (US) Peoples and Cultures of Asia
  • ANTH 235 Cultures of Mexico and Ecuador
  • ANTH 243 (CA) Listening to the World: Introduction to Ethnomusicology
  • ANTH 258 Selected Area Studies
  • ANTH 303 Museum Studies Seminar
  • ANTH 335 Visual Anthropology
  • ANTH 344 Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 345 Sex and Gender in Anthropological Perspective
  • ANTH 351 (EV) Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights, and the Environment
  • ANTH 353 Myth, Ritual and Religion
  • ANTH 355 Warfare, Violence, and Peace
  • ANTH 356W Language and Culture
  • ANTH 358 Special Topics in Anthropology
  • ANTH 394 Internship in Anthropology
  • CHNSE 252 (US) Rites of Passage in Chinese Societies
  • FREN 341 (IT) Oral Tradition and Performance in African Literature
  • IDS 205 Chemawa Indian School Partnership Program
  • IDS 243 Race, Racism, and Human Genetics