2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Anthropology: Concentration in Applied Anthropology [ANT_APPL]

Students with an applied concentration gain an understanding of fields such as development, medical, and legal anthropology, enabling them to address problems of health, education, cultural and linguistic preservation, human rights violations, and poverty in global contexts. For more information about this program, contact the Sociology/Anthropology Department .

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the principles and areas of work in the five sub-disciplines within the anthropological discipline:
    • Physical/Biological Anthropology: demonstrate an understanding of the process of human, i.e., bio cultural, evolution and the major events associated with these processes both past and present.
    • Archaeology: demonstrate a basic understanding of how human behavior is gleaned from archaeological sites and their contexts and how human heritage contributes valuable information about people of the past to present-day audiences.
    • Sociocultural Anthropology: demonstrate an understanding of cultural relativism, the dangers of ethnocentrism, and the basic tenets of the process of carrying out field research with present-day cultures.
    • Linguistic Anthropology: acquire a basic understanding of human communication systems and how they function in the larger cultural milieu.
    • Applied Anthropology: Understand the philosophies behind the rise of this most recent field and the basic tenets of how the application of anthropological training can intersect with, and may offer constructive suggestions for, present-day cultures in trouble.
  2. Understand the process of "doing fieldwork," i.e., methodologically, and/or carry out one's research agenda in any of the five sub-disciplines.
  3. Acquire a thorough knowledge of the major anthropological theoretical frameworks within the discipline as utilized in the past and present.
  4. Understand the fundamental processes involved in addressing a research topic or building a hypothesis as the basis for proceeding with anthropological fieldwork (in any subfield).
  5. Demonstrate the ability to communicate their own ideas, and the ideas of others, clearly and effectively in writing.

Program Standard Grade Point Average Requirement

The major GPA is calculated by all courses identified in the college catalog as required for the major. In addition, this program has an established program standard GPA which may be used to determine progress in the program.

  • Program Standard GPA
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in any ANT course
  • Anthropology Major Requirements
    • 33 credits in any ANT course

Career Potential

  • World Bank positions
  • OXFAM positions
  • International aid agency positions (e.g., U.S.A.I.D.)
  • Africare posts
  • Save The Children posts
  • C.A.R.E. posts

Total credit hours required for the major: 36

B. Required Applied Concentration Courses: 12 credit hours

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124