Assistant Professors — Jaida Samudra, Jill White (chair)
Anthropology has the broadest scope of all the social sciences. Anthropology is the holistic study of humans. It includes both the biology of human populations and the study of human culture and society, both in the present and the past.
Anthropologists can study evolution, prehistory, biological variation, genetics, growth and stature, disease and illness, gender, ethnicity, power, politics, social stratification, art, music, dance, myth, ritual, religion, economy, work, tools, warfare, farming, hunting, ecological relationships, law and legal systems, crime, folklore, language, family, the life-span, kinship, and human thought processes.
The aims are to understand social and biological groups as wholes, the institutions found within them as systems, and the meanings people in society give to things, activities, and experiences. Developing this broad kind of understanding is beneficial for almost anything a person might choose to do in the future. Skills and perceptions gained through anthropological study can be applied to many different vocational and professional interests, including international business, government work, human development, Peace Corps, social service and health-related professions, museum and field work, environmental impact analysis, cultural resource management, economic development, social studies teaching, and advanced graduate study.
A major in an interdisciplinary program combined with a minor in Anthropology provides a rich educational experience that can lead to one of several interesting intellectual and vocational directions. Combinations with interdisciplinary majors in Social Change and Development, Humanistic Studies, Human Biology, or Human Development are the most obvious choices, but others are also possible.
The chair can offer suggestions about career-oriented programs to combine with Anthropology. The Anthropology program maintains a rich web page with up-to-date information about courses, faculty, and other things. Students seeking teacher preparation should be sure to consult advisers both in Anthropology and Education early to make sure they meet all requirements.Students seeking information on teacher certification should contact the Education Office.