To actively engage students with questions about the biocultural nature of humans and the contexts that shape and transform human behavior and practices. We are committed to cultivating the knowledge and skills to participate in current debates within the public sphere, and critically engage in creating a more just, interconnected world.
Foster a general understanding of the human condition through the integrated study of human evolution, biology, culture and language in past and present human societies
Provide students with active learning opportunities and applied experiences inside and outside the classroom
Immerse students in various possibilities of engagement as public anthropologists
Support faculty efforts in teaching, research, and public engagement and service
Discipline and Curriculum
Anthropology is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of human nature and humankind. It takes the broadest view of what it means to be human, integrating the study of biology and culture, history and cross-cultural comparison, system and conjuncture. With its global perspective and holistic approach, anthropology not only provides a solid Liberal Arts education, but prepares students for a wide range of jobs and careers. A major in anthropology allows students to develop a special awareness of the complexity of 'human nature,' 'culture' and 'cultural differences,' and equips them with a variety of methods to address basic human processes and problems.
Such training provides a strong background for a very wide range of careers in addition to preparing students for graduate studies. The interdisciplinary nature of anthropology also makes it an ideal minor for students in other programs who seek an appreciation of different cultural perspectives in this age of global economics.The anthropology major gives students the flexibility to tailor a curriculum to fit their individual career goals and to prepare them for other specialty areas.
The Anthropology offices are located on the 5th floor of the Science Hall, East. Our main office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.