Anthropology

Chairperson: Peter Siegel

The field of anthropology addresses the great diversity of human cultures and the human body, past and present. By investigating cultures in different settings, we gain insights into the survival strategies and customs followed by people. Cultural and environmental contexts range broadly from small bands of hunters in remote areas of the world to modern densely occupied urban centers. Through these studies, we learn to appreciate differences and commonalities within and across cultures. Benefits of anthropological studies range from deep understanding of how cultures work through applications of responsible solutions to social, cultural, and environmental problems in our rapidly changing world. Anthropology is divided into four major subfields and all are represented in our department: cultural anthropology, anthropological archaeology, physical anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. A standalone major in anthropology, two majors with certificates in education, and one with a concentration in community development are offered. An anthropology minor is also offered.