Anthropology is the study of humanity in all its cultural and biological diversity. In the United States, the discipline traditionally includes four fields: archaeological, biological, sociocultural, and linguistic anthropology, although research increasingly examines questions at the borders of the fields or which span more than one field. The Department of Anthropology offers B.A. and M.A. degree programs, both of which provide a solid grounding in the four fields and a variety of opportunities for specialized study, practicums and internships, and participation in faculty research. Our undergraduate courses explore fundamental questions and topics of anthropology, including the nature and scope of cultural variation and human biological evolution throughout the world and across time, and how power and inequality shape the varieties of human experience. The Anthropology curriculum emphasizes original research, scholarly writing, informed critical thinking, and the understanding of, and tolerance for diverse cultures and ways of life. The faculty is actively involved in interdisciplinary teaching, interdepartmental collaborative efforts, and individual and team research projects, including many that involve new information technologies, cultural resource management, environmental impact assessment, ethnicity and gender, regional and area studies, and economic development. Biological anthropology and archeology host state-of-the art research labs that support student training and research. International field sites are also available for student research. The Department is also committed to involving undergraduate students in ongoing faculty-supported research, and in encouraging independent student-initiated research projects.
What can I do with my degree in Anthropology?
Known for its holistic approach, anthropology provides essential training for any career that deals with the human condition or cultural diversity. Graduates pursue careers in fields as diverse as education, public health, public policy, cultural heritage management, journalism, social work, marketing research and many others. Anthropology also provides an important foundation for further study in the social and natural sciences and the humanities (including medical and law schools).
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