Anthropology is concerned with the study of diverse peoples and cultures with a central focus on what it means to be human. This understanding is developed using an integrative and comparative approach that examines the role of culture in human society. Areas of knowledge include:
• Specific ethnographic areas such as Central and South America, the Middle East and Africa along with specific subfields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and physical anthropology
• Political, social and environmental issues within the context of international and intranational diversity
• Major historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives
To illustrate how anthropological knowledge is obtained, qualitative methodology is emphasized, including knowledge of the uses and limitations of standard methods, a strong ethical component concerning the study of humans, and the relationship between theory and method in qualitative fieldwork.
The archaeology and physical anthropology curricula are supported by a small teaching collection and an archaeology lab. The teaching collection contains slide sets, animal bones, modern replicas, human osteological material, pottery, chipped stone, and some ground stone, all either purchase or donated over the years.