Anthropology explores the diverse ways in which humans relate to one another, and reveals the cultural milieus, political configurations, ways of speaking and environments which people have used to shape their world. Anthropologists learn about humanity in all times and places, through the systematic study of human behavior, material culture, and human physiology and evolution. Students will also be challenged to call into question beliefs and behaviors which may seem "natural" or "inevitable" within their own cultures.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Gain an awareness of scientific principles grounding the study of human origins, human biological diversity and adaptive behavior, and the importance of a biocultural approach to such studies.
- Acquire skills detecting archaeological sites and features, and effectively assess material remains and their contexts to infer the lifeways of past peoples.
- Acquire the tools with which to evaluate and discern the locally-specific but increasingly globalized cultural contexts in which peoples of the world currently interact.
- Develop strong critical thinking skills through writing coherent, properly documented and substantive research papers and reports.
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