Mission Statement

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. As active scholars pursuing research projects across the globe in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North America, our faculty enrich the student learning experience with their first-hand knowledge of diversity in all its forms.