Do you find human diversity and various cultures fascinating? If so, you may wish to consider a major in Anthropology, the scientific study of humankind in all the cultures of the world, past and present. Studies focus on human physical development, cultural behavior, adaptation to different environments, and creative expressions of meaning and belonging. Working in partnerships with communities and peoples worldwide, anthropologists help address contemporary human problems, highlighting evidence that points to both past and potential solutions.
Western's Anthropology curriculum reflects a strong commitment to a cross-cultural, comparative perspective. Students work with and take courses from faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized researchers of Latin America, North America, Asia, The Pacific, and Eastern Europe, and who are dedicated to excellence in teaching.
The Anthropology Department provides training in four sub-disciplines:
- Cultural Anthropology
- Physical Anthropology
- Anthropological Linguistics
The Anthropology/Social Studies major differs from the Anthropology major in that it’s intended to prepare students to become teachers of Social Studies with an Anthropology focus. This means students take more non-Anthropology classes in order to meet state requirements to teach Social Studies. When combined with Western’s teacher certification program offered by the Department of Secondary Education, this major meets content requirements for a qualifying teaching endorsement.