Anthropology (BS, BA, minor)

Program Goals

The Anthropology major is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the cultural behavior, social organization, biological characteristics and the origin of humankind. The study of Anthropology introduces students to the discipline and provides them with a sound foundation in relevant concepts and approaches. Students will acquire knowledge related to diverse societies as well as about the concepts of anthropological theory. They will also develop their abilities to critically analyze and evaluate anthropological research. Courses such as General Anthropology, Ethnography of West Africa, Cultural Anthropology, and Anthropology of Religion provide the foundations for study and research.


Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science program in Anthropology, the student should be able to:

1. Define concepts and categories associated with Anthropology.

2. Critically explain the components of culture and be able to discuss the relationship between the environment, food, health and knowledge base in the development of culture.

3. Identify and distinguish between related theoretical and research concepts.

4. Compare and deconstruct forms of exclusion with archetypal symbols, values and attitudes that are common to mankind.

5. Discuss the reasons why cultural competence is the unique gift of Anthropology to global interdependence.

6. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of English and computer software.

7. Apply the skill in writing advance research papers using standard citations, bibliographical arrangement and other methods.


Please see the University Catalog for more information and program requirements.


For more information contact the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department.