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Anthropology, the study of humans, is at the core of a comprehensive and globalized education, and is incorporated into aspects of everyday life. The mission of the Department of Anthropology is to educate students towards an understanding and appreciation for human diversity, and in holistic biologically and culturally based approaches to local and world issues. The Department of Anthropology does this through an integration of theoretical and applied frameworks based in experiential learning, promoted by active faculty engagement in research and community involvement.


To provide excellence in undergraduate education in anthropology, and to lead our community, at the university and beyond, to recognize the value of anthropology in all spheres of life.

The Anthropology Department's Goals for Majors

Baccalaureate students in Anthropology will:
  1. Demonstrate conceptual, ethical, and applied knowledge of the four fields of anthropology;
  2. Understand the relevance of anthropology to real-world issues, locally and globally;
  3. Ethically incorporate anthropological perspectives and/or approaches in an experiential or applied context;
  4. Effectively communicate disciplinary knowledge orally and in writing;
  5. Demonstrate awareness of the importance and value of sociocultural and biological diversity.
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