The Human Past, Our Present, Your Future—Welcome to Anthropology
Are you interested in other cultures? Do you find human diversity fascinating? Are you curious about how humans lived in the past? You’ve come to the right place to explore those questions!
We are one of five distinct programs that contribute to the holistic education and experience you have in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Anthropology. Anthropology is an old and distinguished discipline, yet the basis of our work, to interpret and understand the human condition, is what keeps us relevant and engaged in the 21st century. Anthropology shares many things in common with other social science and life science fields in that we study human life as a biological fact and a culturally variable mystery.
Read an Interview with Dr. Jaime Ullinger, our bioarchaeologist, in These Bones of Mine here!
The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.
Current Issues in the Discipline
Here is a great story on the history of race, museums, and anthropology, in the context of Empire, from NPR:
If you want to keep up on the latest news in the discipline, check out these links:
How well do you know the world?
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A minor in anthropology consists of 18 credits of course work in the field. If you are interested in learning more about anthropology, please contact Dr. Hillary Haldane, Associate Professor of Anthropology, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, you’re going to be asked this question, or you might be asking it yourself—what can you do with a degree in anthropology? Thankfully, there is no limit to what you can do in life if you study anthropology. That’s what makes it great. People who study anthropology go on to do amazing things in life—they become teachers, doctors, scientists, lawyers, politicians, business leaders—if you can think it, anthropology majors can do it. Anthropology is less about one distinct career path and more about having an intellectual and methodological toolkit at your disposal. Anthropologists think differently from other people, and this is good. In the 21st century, you can’t afford to not understand the diversity of the world around you. You have to have the skills and ability to learn from others, and see the world the way they see it, or we’re just going to continue to destroy this planet. The Department of Labor has identified anthropology as an area of study that has a career growth potential that is 20% faster than other fields! Read more about this finding here.
Our government recognizes that we need people in the work force who are trained in anthropology; as citizens, we need a smart, cross-culturally aware, and engaged population. We cannot make the world safe for human differences if we are ignorant about the world around us.
Professional Anthropological Associations:
All of the websites listed below have career information available, and you can speak with any of the professors in the program about your hopes and dreams for the future, and how anthropology can get you there.
American Anthropological Association:
Society for American Archaeology:
American Association of Physical Anthropologists:
Society for Applied Anthropology: