Department of SOC/ANT/CRJ - Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human culture in past and contemporary societies. Anthropologists explore the ways in which social institutions, including politics, economics, religion, and kinship as well as shared understandings of gender, diversity, language, personality and power relations are integrated to produce the multitude of variations found in human cultures around the world.

Specialized areas in anthropology include cultural anthropology, which focuses on understanding contemporary people; archaeology, which examines material culture and artifacts to reconstruct people of the past; biological anthropology, which explores the interaction between forces of evolution and adaptation with culture; and linguistic anthropology, which explores the power of human language to both reflect and influence the nature of culture. Anthropologists may concentrate on particularly important issues, such as global political economy, human variation and the cultural construction of inequality, human evolution, and the nature of social and cultural change.

Students majoring in anthropology will develop skills valued by employers, including research, writing, problem solving and cultural sensitivity. Many anthropology majors choose to attend graduate school. Some use their undergraduate degree as a foundation to go into other related fields such as education, law, library science, archives, government, diversity training, social impact assessment, police work, management, marketing, personnel, public relations, transportation, real estate, insurance, journalism, tourism, museums, women's organizations, international affairs, cultural organizations, refugee/immigrant assistance organizations, community organizations, social service agencies, research laboratories, historical societies, overseas mission organizations, parks, historic sites, and forensic laboratories.

Faculty Advisors:  Dr. Ananthakrishnan Aiyer, Dr. Jennifer Alvey, Dr. Hisyar Ozsoy, Dr. Beverley A. Smith