Have you dreamed of traveling to far-off lands? Are you fascinated by past civilizations? Do you wonder where humans come from and how we came to be this way? Do you have a diverse range of interests and want a major that helps you to integrate them?
If so, anthropology is for you! Anthropology is the study of what makes us human and the rich diversity of ways in which that humanity has been expressed in different places and times from the present day to the distant past.
A few of the topics studied by anthropologists are:
Two introductory courses, ANT 221 Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology and ANT 231 Archeology and Biological Anthropology, introduce students to the four sub-fields of Anthropology.
Students can then choose from a variety of content and skills courses that complement their career interests and professional aspirations.
There is one Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree available with this major.
Most positions filled by anthropologists do not carry the word anthropology in their title; however, the unique combination of skills and experiences of anthropologists helps them to compete successfully for many different jobs, including:
Latin America is a large region composed of many different ethnic groups and histories. This course explores some of this diversity, along with presenting a more general understanding of the cultural beliefs and practices in the region.
This course offers an archaeological analysis of the complex processes of the rise and decline of state-level societies through the examination of the archaeological remains of ancient civilizations around the world.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of the human skeleton and its use in forensic settings. Students will learn to identify the human skeleton, including fragmentary remains, and discuss interpretation of remains, including determination of age, sex, race, individual identification, and trauma.
Students will learn the applications of this information in forensic analysis, such as crime scene recovery and time since death, as well as its presentation to law enforcement agencies.
Southeastern prehistory charts the development of pre-contact Native American cultures from the time of the first arrivals more than 10,000 years ago to the time of contact with the first European explorers. It explores themes such as technological developments, subsistence and adaption, exchange, ceremonialism, and cultural complexity by examining current archaeological evidence and its interpretation.
Field school is a 5- to 6-week summer course. Recent field schools have been taught on antebellum plantation sites and Native American mound centers. Students learn mapping, recording, excavation, artifact recovery methods, soil description, and stratigraphic interpretation.
Field trips to other excavations and nearby archaeological sites are often included.
In this class students will follow an anthropological perspective – using evolutionary and cross-cultural approaches to understand human health issues. This course will examine cultural variation in the categorization, diagnosis and treatment of disease and illness while exploring how food and diet play key roles in determining health.
Favorite Course: ANT 342: Forensic Anthropology
Expertise: Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology
Favorite Course: ANT 317: Culture and Power in Latin America
Expertise: Cultural Anthropology
Favorite Course: Prehistory of the Southeastern U.S.
Favorite Course: ANT 442: Medical Anthropology
Expertise: Biological Anthropology, Primatology
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