The Anthropology program prepares undergraduate students to describe and explain the processes of the human condition as well as the structure of the social, environmental, political and economic conditions within which humans operate. The program is both varied and integrative, drawing from geography, biology, the humanities, and other social and natural sciences. An anthropological approach to studying humankind is invaluable in helping students examine contemporary issues in their lives and the world. Anthropology includes such diverse fields as contemporary culture, ethnicity, linguistics, archaeology, human ecology, human anatomy, evolution, and the behavior of non-human primates. Anthropology is a holistic field, and therefore, views the human condition as a result of the interaction of economics, social organization, history, technology, biology, ideology, and the environment. The department has four programmatic areas of research and scholarship that students can engage: humans and the environment; international development and globalization; health and well-being; and professional methods and techniques. Students may have a general Major in Anthropology, or select one of the following Concentrations:
Archaeology Concentration: The Archaeology concentration provides theoretical frameworks and systematic field methods for examining ancient and historical societies in North and South America, including the trajectories of social complexity, spatial and social organization of production systems, and human impacts on ancient environments.
Biological Anthropology Concentration: The concentration in Biological Anthropology provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the physiological, spatial and cultural origins and development of modern humans through the multifaceted lens of evolution, genetics, anatomy, animal behavior, and health and epidemiology.
Cultural Anthropology Concentration: The concentration in Cultural Anthropology combines place-based ethnographic exploration, rigorous fieldwork methods, and socio-cultural theory for the comparative study of society, politics, economy, and culture, emphasizing: environment, development, and sustainability; health and well-being; and language and symbolic processes.
Geography Concentration: The concentration in Geography examines the critical interactions among space, place, people and the built and natural environment to interpret the spatial and temporal distribution of features and processes, applying spatial techniques and information technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing.
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