2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog


The anthropology major is administered by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. It is available as a major on the BA degree and a minor on both the BA and BS degrees.

Anthropology is the holistic description and analysis of human beings in all their diversity. Anthropology emphasizes a cross-cultural and global perspective, and seeks to understand our species, Homo sapiens , both throughout time and in many different geographical regions. Anthropology is divided into four fields: sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology and linguistic anthropology. Anthropologists study a wide range of topics, including gender and ethnicity, race, material artifacts, human evolution, genetic diversity, medicine and healing, globalization, economic systems and social change, violence and social suffering, sociocultural systems of past societies, the rise of complex civilizations, language and culture, urbanization, religion and ritual, and the effect of the mass media. Anthropologists conduct their research in many different places throughout the world, including Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Japan and the United States.

Anthropology is an important component of a liberal arts education, as it complements a wide variety of other disciplines, encourages analytical thinking and fosters a holistic approach to learning. The undergraduate program in anthropology can provide a foundation for the pursuit of advanced degrees in anthropology and other disciplines such as law, medicine, social work, public health, education and history. Anthropology's focus on understanding different cultures makes it a particularly good preparation for work related to international and global issues, public policy and cultural diversity. Anthropology graduates use their degrees in a wide range of fields such as government service, museums, international organizations, business, education, advocacy, public policy analysis, market research and healthcare.