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