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Anthropology Mission Statement

Anthropology is the discipline of infinite curiosity about human beings.  It seeks to understand human culture, society, biology and history.  An anthropological perspective encourages cross-cultural engagement and respect for cultural diversity.  Anthropology Students take courses in cultural anthropology, archeology, and linguistic anthropology, plus get hands-on experience through practicums and in the SOU Laboratory of Anthropology.  The anthropology program offers a major, minor, and certificates in cultural resource management and applied cultural anthropology.  See catalog for requirements or contact program coordinator (below) for details.

Our program helps students develop anthropological perspectives and skills:

  • Understanding and respect for diverse histories and cultural differences
  • Ability to analyze culture, social institutions, power relationships and change processes
  • Development of analytical, research, writing and oral communication skills
  • Appreciation for the importance of ethics, social justice, independent thinking and applied anthropological research