Programs Offered: Major, Minor
The Department of Anthropology focusses on the study of cultural anthropology, attracting globally-minded and highly engaged student scholars interested in pursuing a wide range of careers in government, social services, international and community development, public health, medicine, education, media, cultural resource management, business and more.
Through a rigorous introduction to the discipline, students examine the great diversity of cultures in the world, incorporating comparative and holistic study of: political systems, language use, food and subsistence, patterns of family relations, cultural constructions of social hierarchy, material culture, transnational migration, social constructions of identity, precursors to contemporary social problems and variable understandings and meanings of modernity and progress. While engaged in the study of cultures throughout the world, students also learn reflexively about themselves and about what they most take for granted or assume to be “correct” ways of being and living.
Anthropology faculty teach area studies courses specific to the peoples and cultures of Africa, Latin America, and Native North America. They also teach courses devoted to the cross cultural study of art and material culture, health and healing, language and communication, peace and war, international migration and indigenous peoples and the environment.