The Anthropology Department offers this combined major in partnership with Western's Woodring College of Education. Anthropology is particularly valuable for teachers, because it provides a broad understanding of human behavior. Teachers often work with students of various cultural backgrounds and an awareness of specific cultural learning influences, attitudes, motivations, and patterns of interaction is an integral part of working effectively and respectfully in diverse communities.
Through the required basic courses in Anthropology, education majors will acquire an understanding of the nature of human beings, the evolution of the human species and the tremendous variation of cultural traits that are both our heritage and potential. With faculty advisement, Anthropology — Elementary students will identify topics for advanced coursework, including:
- Cultural minority groups in the Pacific Northwest
- The relationship of cultural learning to personality development
- The relationship of cultural expectations to the learning process itself
This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in Elementary Education offered through Woodring College of Education.