The major in Anthropology gives a firm grounding in this comparative discipline concerned with human cultural, social, and biological diversity. Anthropology deals not only with that small proportion of humankind in Europe and North America but with societies of the entire world, from the remotest past to the present day. It is thus an essential part of a sound liberal education, helping us to see our world from a perspective that challenges ethnocentric assumptions. The major in Anthropology covers the evolution of human and nonhuman primates and the evolutionary biology of living people; world prehistory and the emergence of civilization; diversity and commonality in social organization and culture; the importance of culture for understanding topics such as sickness and health, gender and sexuality, environment and development, media and visual culture, urban life and sport, economic organization and politics, law and society, migration, and religion; and language use as cultural behavior.
The subfields of anthropological inquiry—archaeology, biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology—together offer a holistic perspective on humankind and its development.

The following courses introduce the student to the four subfields of anthropology.

Archaeology  ANTH 171, Great Civilizations of the Ancient World

Biological anthropology  ANTH 116 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Sociocultural anthropology  ANTH 110, An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Linguistic anthropology  ANTH 205, Language, Culture, and Identity

The following courses are among those appropriate for freshmen, whether or not they intend to major in Anthropology.

  • ANTH 112, Agent, Person, Subject, Self
  • ANTH 140, The Corporation
  • ANTH 148L, Hormones and Human Behavior
  • ANTH 169, Anthropological Approaches to Sex
  • ANTH 172, Great Hoaxes and Fantasies in Archaeology
  • ANTH 182, Primate Behavior and Ecology
  • ANTH 203, Anthropology of War
  • ANTH 223, Anthropology of Warfare
  • ANTH 232, Ancient Civilizations of the Andes
  • ANTH 234, Disability and Culture
  • ANTH 237, Smuggling, Trafficking, and the Criminal Act
  • ANTH 240, Health of Indigenous Peoples
  • ANTH 242, Human Evolutionary Biology and Life History
  • ANTH 245, Nature and Globalization
  • ANTH 248, Contemporary Archaeological Theory
  • ANTH 254, Japan: Culture, Society, Modernity
  • ANTH 257, Biocultural and Ecological Perspectives on Global Health
  • ANTH 267, Human Evolution
  • ANTH 276, South Asian Social Worlds
  • ANTH 280, Evolution of Primate Intelligence

Students are invited to contact the director of undergraduate studies in the fall to begin planning a program of study.