Cultural Anthropology Focus

Undergraduate Advisors: Dr. Daniel Boxberger, Dr. Joyce Hammond, Dr. James Loucky, Dr. Robert Marshall and Dr. Kathleen Young

Cultural Anthropologists seek to understand both the cultural and individual bases for behavior; and how political, economic, and social factors affect both the individuals and various groups. Although statistical and other quantitative methods are used, much of Cultural Anthropology is qualitative-descriptive.
Classical anthropological fieldwork requires prolonged residence (of one or more years) with a particular group in order to understand their way of life. Until World War II, Cultural Anthropology focused especially on non-Western cultures, including Native American Indians, gaining a unique perspective on human life and behavior. More recently this perspective and field work method have been applied as well to Western culture.

People with anthropological training are actively employed in many fields in which their anthropological training and cross-cultural perspectives are valuable. Some of the fields are: investment banking; international and domestic merchandising; health care; personnel work; government; advertising; broadcasting; law; social work; and many areas of business.

There are a wide range of elective courses open to those interested primarily in Cultural Anthropology, and the student's program can often be designed to fit particular concerns or interests.

NEW! Students are only eligible to declare an anthropology major if they have successfully completed any one of the following core courses: Anth 301, 303, 335.


Anthropology-BA (65 credits)

Core Components

201 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
301 - Anthropological Theory
303 - Qualitative Methods in Anthropology
335 - Quantitative Methods in Anthropology or another basic statistics course under advisement
490 - Senior Seminar in Anthropology or other culminating project under advisement (e.g., internship or directed independent study)
496 - Portfolio Assembly

Methods Component: At least one course from the following:
410 - Archaeological Analysis and Interpretation
420 - Human Osteology and Forensic Anthropology
428 - Cultural Resource Management
447 - Anthropological Semiotics
470 - Museology Studies
471 - Field Work Methods in Cultural Anthropology
472 - Visual Anthropology
473 - Field Course in Ethnography
480 - Applied Anthropology
(where appropriate an internship, practicum or archaeological methods course may be substituted under advisement)

Topical Component: At least one course from the following:

330 - Religion and Culture
338 - Economic Anthropology
350 - The Ecology of Human Variation
351 - Family and Kinship Organization
352 - Cross-Cultural Study of Aging
353 - Sex and Gender in Culture
424 - Medical Anthropology
429 - Politics, Power and Inequality
440 - Cyborg Anthropology
453 - Women of the Global South
475 - Global Migration
481 - Childhood and Culture
484 - Cross-Cultural Education

Culture Region Component: At least one course from the following:

361 - Native Peoples of North America
362 - Peoples of Asia
365 - Peoples of Latin America
460 - Culture and Society of Japan
462 - Native Peoples of the Northwest
463 - Peoples of East and Southeast Asia
465 - Peoples of Mexico and Central America
476 - Borderlands

At least one course from each of the major subfields: biological anthropology, archaeology (recommended Anthropology 215 and 210 respectively), and linguistics (LING 201 or 204, ENG 370 may be substituted for an anthropological linguistics course).

Only one 100-level course will count toward major, minor or archaeology concentration

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