College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Cultural Anthropology Concentration

Undergraduate Advisors:

Dr. Sean Bruna, Dr. Josh Fisher, Dr. Judith Pine, Dr. Kathleen Young and Dr. Yeon Yu

Cultural Anthropologists seek to understand both the cultural and individual bases for behavior; and how political, economic, and social factors affect both the individuals and various groups. Although statistical and other quantitative methods are used, much of Cultural Anthropology is qualitative-descriptive.

Classical anthropological fieldwork requires prolonged residence (of one or more years) with a particular group in order to understand their way of life. Until World War II, Cultural Anthropology focused especially on non-Western cultures, including Native American Indians, gaining a unique perspective on human life and behavior. More recently this perspective and field work method have been applied as well to Western culture.

People with anthropological training are actively employed in many fields in which their anthropological training and cross-cultural perspectives are valuable. Some of the fields are: investment banking; international and domestic merchandising; health care; personnel work; government; advertising; broadcasting; law; social work; and many areas of business.

There are a wide range of elective courses open to those interested primarily in Cultural Anthropology, and the student's program can often be designed to fit particular concerns or interests.

Students are eligible to declare an anthropology major once they successfully complete the following core courses: Anth 201 and 301, plus one of the following: Anth 210 or 215 or 247.


Anthropology-BA (65 credits)

Core Components

201 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (5cr) 
210 - Introduction to Archaeology (5cr)
215 - Introductory Biological Anthropology (5cr)
247 - Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (5cr) - (LING 201 (5cr) or 204 (4cr) may be substituted)
301 - Anthropological Theory (5cr)
303 - Qualitative Methods in Anthropology (5cr)
335 - Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (5cr) or another basic statistics course under advisement  
490 - Senior Seminar in Anthropology (5cr) or other culminating project under advisement
496 - Portfolio Assembly (1cr)

Methods Component: At least one course from the following:
347 - The Ethnography of Communication (5cr)
410 - Archaeological Analysis and Interpretation (5cr) 
420 - Human Osteology and Forensic Anthropology (5cr)
428 - Cultural Resource Management (4cr)
447 - Anthropological Semiotics  (5cr)
454 - Participatory Action Research Methods (5cr)
469 - Directed Internship (5-10)
470 - Museology Studies (3-5cr)
471 - Field Work Methods in Cultural Anthropology (7cr)
472 - Visual Anthropology (5cr)
473 - Field Course in Ethnography (5-12cr)
479 - People of Sea and Cedar Internship (1-6)
480 - Applied Anthropology (5cr)
(where appropriate, an anthropological internship, practicum or archaeological methods course may be substituted under advisement)

Topical Component: At least one course from the following:
330 - Religion and Culture (5cr)
338 - Economic Anthropology (5cr)
350 - The Ecology of Human Variation (5cr)
351 - Family and Kinship Organization (5cr)
353 - Sex and Gender in Culture (5cr)
424 - Medical Anthropology (5cr)
440 - Cyborg Anthropology (5cr)
453 - Women of the Global South (5cr)
475 - Global Migration (5cr)
481 - Childhood and Culture (5cr)
484 - Intercultural Education (5cr)

Culture Region Component: At least one course from the following:
361 - American Indian Perspectives (5cr)
362 - Anthropological Perspectives on Asia (5cr)
365 - Latin American Perspectives (5cr)
462 - Native Peoples of the Northwest (5cr)
463 - Critical Issues in East and Southeast Asia (5cr)
465 - Critical Issues in Mexico and Central America (5cr)
476 - Borderlands (5cr)

Electives in anthropology under departmental advisement.  Student selection of a complementary minor under advisement is strongly recommended.

Only one 100-level course will count toward major, minor or archaeology concentration

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