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Anthropology provides the global perspective and critical thinking skills that will open doors to a wide range of career paths. The major will also prepare you for graduate study in anthropology.
Here are some of the courses we offer:
- Medicine, Culture and Society
- The Rise and Fall of “Civilization”
- Cultural Diversity and Contemporary Issues
- Myth, Ritual and Symbol
The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.
— Ruth Benedict, anthropologist and author
The Anthropology Collections include approximately 20,000 items representing human activity around the world from the Lower Paleolithic to the present. Archaeological and ethnographic materials are about equally represented.
Located in 150 McGraw Hall, the Collections are teaching collections available for on campus instruction and learning opportunities for community organizations. Individuals or classes of up to 20 students can make appointments to visit the Collections to work with particular materials. Students can also do guided independent research using the Collections on a wide range of projects, from studying Hopi kachina dolls or Mississippian pottery.
Even when not open, we offer an exhibit gallery in the first-floor hallway of McGraw Hall that showcases selections from the Collections. A larger exhibit space is located in the department seminar room, 215 McGraw, where classes and department colloquia are held. The curator of the Anthropology Collections is Frederic W. Gleach.