The mission of the anthropology program is to create a learning environment through which students can come to understand and appreciate human diversity, develop a critical perspective on their own society, and examine their role as citizens in a complex, global community.
The initial experience for many students occurs in one of the four introductory level courses (101, 102, 103, 104), which as a set provide a solid grounding in the anthropological perspective. Beyond this introduction to the discipline, the research methods courses (210, 211) give students the background necessary to critically evaluate existing anthropological research and conduct independent anthropological inquiry. Finally, upper level coursework emphasizes the discipline’s historical and theoretical foundations and provides in-depth exploration of a range of topics. Upper level electives, as well as opportunities for independent study and directed research, allow students the ability to chart their own course within the major according to their academic interests.
In its entirety, the range of coursework required for the major is intentionally designed to encompass the following central learning goals, providing the tools and perspectives necessary for future work in the discipline.
Students who complete the anthropology major will have: