Anthropology is the study of human variation. Classic anthropology focuses on cultural diversity, the interpretation of cultural remains (archaeology), and human evolution. Current interests in anthropology are more in applied fields and include salvage archaeology, forensic science and criminology, health care and medicine, civil and native rights advocacy, business management, and public administration.
The minor increases a student's awareness of what it means to be human: the range of humanity is revealed. We live in a society, in a world which is multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-cultural. A student who is skilled at understanding the causes and consequences of human differences will be more successful at living and working in this world. Currently, anthropology minors are majoring in biology, education, english, geography, geology, history, music, plant science, psychology and sociology.
What do Anthropology Minors Do?
Most anthropologists work outside academia. For example, an archaeologist may examine a construction site for historical material before a building is constructed. A forensic anthropologist may work closely with law enforcement agencies investigating homicides. A biological anthropologist may assist minority women in maternal and child health care programs. A cultural anthropologist may work with African villagers to structure culturally appropriate social and economic development.
The individual trained in anthropology is skilled at working in multi-cultural settings or in organizations where diverse interest groups compete for resources. The student of anthropology learns how to work constructively with varied beliefs and behaviors.
THE MISSION OF THE ANTHROPOLOGY PROGRAM
The anthropology minor is structured to provide a solid understanding of the relationship between culture and behavior. Students will learn about many cultural traditions: some ancient, some modern. Humans are studied as both social and biological actors. Cultural traditions are shown to define the conditions of life: how people make children, nourish them, instruct them, protect them from harm, and reward them. Culture is renewed with each generation. The state of health of a culture and its people are interconnected.