Mission

We teach students the scientific, interpretative and critical skills needed to conduct theoretically sound, methodologically rigorous and multifaceted analyses of human social phenomena at both the local and global levels.  We offer students direct opportunities to develop and apply those skills through research and experiential learning activities in the Washington, D.C. community.

The Anthropology major offers courses in particular areas of the discipline-ethnographic thinking, field methodologies, and socio-cultural theory. Our core and elective courses share a common vision of anthropology as an endeavor engaging methodologies and concepts that are both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary. Our curriculum prepares students to understand and communicate the complex linkages between culture and power in changing, local, national, and global circumstances. Our courses explore the public nature of anthropology through engagement in and beyond the classroom with pressing issues surrounding the new economy, gender, human rights, legal systems, transnational migration, politics, race, religion, and social justice.