Number of course required for the anthropology major (4 core course; 4 electives)
In Africa, Japan, Portugal, the Arctic, Latin America and North America. Colleagues in related disciplines have done work in the Caribbean, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka, among other locations.
The rich tapestry of African cultures fascinates Michelle Johnson. As an associate professor of anthropology, she explores the religious and cultural practices of the Mandinga people in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau and in Portugal, the country's former colonizer.Read more
The study of human social and cultural behavior and the diversity and integrity of cultures around the world.
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Humans are strange. And fascinating. We live in different communities and cultures, and have an array of habits, yet we have so much in common.
By studying anthropology, you'll learn about and understand humans' quirks and patterns as you gain a wider perspective on the world. Study rituals, politics, economics, patterns of behavior and worldviews throughout human history — and gain research, writing and critical thinking skills you can use in any career.
Anthropology students learn the variety of economic, political and cosmological principles by which humans organize their societies.
Emphases within courses include studies of peoples of the Arctic, South Asia, Japan, North America, South America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Instruction in various theoretical topics (such as urbanization, ritual and religious symbolism, gender, consumption and material culture, foodways), the ways of life characteristic of particular world regions (such as Japan, Africa and South America) and applied anthropology.
An honors program is available for individualized study during the senior year.
"There is a lot written on how tourism can be either a positive and negative for local communities. I try to take a more nuanced approach. There are winners and losers, and I want to see how different people and groups experience tourism and why."More about Professor Sammells
"Learning how people in different parts of the world think about something as seemingly simple as how to avoid getting a cold or when it's okay to cry in public, and how that organizes their behavior, unsettles our own assumptions and lets us reflect on why we do what we do."More about Professor Tran
Anthropology majors in recent years have studied abroad in Morocco, Florence and Chile. They have conducted field research in Kenya, Botswana, Northern Ireland, France, Spain, England, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, South Africa, India and China.
Opportunities for students to become involved in research are available on campus, in the community or abroad. Departmental funds are available to assist with research expenses including travel.
Anthropology majors can gain career experience through summer internships. Recently, students have interned at:
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