Offered by Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health .
Anthropology is the worldwide comparative study of humankind, present and past. The subfield of cultural anthropology examines the relationship of culture, human meaning, and the social, political, and economic forces that affect our worlds. The Cultural Anthropology, B.A. provides students conceptual tools and research skills to understand cultural diversity, social organization, and personal experience, both within the United States and across the world.
Anthropology courses ask students to engage in critical analysis, evaluate social theories, and apply qualitative research methods. Students explore critical contemporary problems, globalization, urban life, family, gender, health, and technology, to name just a few topic areas, all in a cross-cultural frame. The department also offers a three-course sequence on physical and forensic anthropology. Cultural anthropology majors complete their own independent research projects as part of their capstone methods course.
Cultural anthropology majors learn to gather and analyze complex material, communicate across differences, and recognize how cultural perspectives shape events and interactions. Upon graduation, students are well prepared to obtain employment in the increasingly diverse workforce, pursue graduate and professional training, and engage effectively in a complex world.
SAPH also offers an Anthropology Minor .