Anthropology's holistic and interdisciplinary approach to understanding what it means to be human - what we share in common as well as reasons for our biological and social differences - has never been more relevant. For the first time in history, humanity is technologically, economically and environmentally interconnected worldwide. By critically examining their own taken-for-granted cultural norms while exploring the logic behind widely diverging beliefs and behaviors in societies around the world, students of anthropology gain the skills necessary for adapting to life in an era of intensified change and globalization.
Anthropological perspectives and methods can inform any career that involves working with and serving people from diverse backgrounds. Anthropological studies are often applied in a wide variety of educational and health professions and in the fields of international business, governmental policy, non-governmental social organization, social work, legal studies, cultural resource management, and environmental planning. The Anthropology minor combines well with interdisciplinary majors such as Democracy and Justice Studies, Human Development, Human Biology, Humanistic Studies, and Urban and Regional Studies, as well as professional majors in Business Administration, Education, or Nursing. It also supports students interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies in social sciences.
The Anthropology faculty at UW-Green Bay are particularly strong in the areas of psychological anthropology, investigating cross-cultural conceptions of physiological and psychological illness and health, human development, and education. They also address ethnic and national identity issues, migration, and human-animal relations. Their geographic areas of expertise include The United States, the Middle East, and Mexico.
Anthropology faculty are associated with the Center for Food in Community and Culture and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Partnerships. Students should ask their advisers about opportunities for internships and independent studies to obtain personalized instruction or hands-on training in the field.