Cultural Anthropology

Changes effective Spring Term 2015

As American society becomes increasingly multicultural, a globalized workforce demands intercultural competence. The Cultural Anthropology minor explores the nature of culture in different settings and historical time periods, helping students to better understand diversity. Cultural Anthropology examines human behavior across cultures, focusing on cross-cultural similarities and differences in areas such as kinship, politics, economics, religion, youth culture, globalization, and gender. Coursework draws on professors’ expertise in Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Africa, and Asia.


Six (6) courses are required, including two (2) core courses and four (4) electives, two of which must be at the 300 level or above.


Complete both of the following courses:

  • ANT 200 – Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 351–  Language, Culture & Society

  • ANT 205 Topics:  Culture and Environment
  • ANT 277 Women & Gender in the Middle East and North Africa
  • ANT 255 Middle East Culture
  • ANT 252 Cultures of China
  • ANT 201 Cultures of the Caribbean
  • ANT 202 Foundations of Latin American and Caribbean Culture and Society 
  • ANT 207: Anthropology of Modern Africa
  • ANT 303: Women’s Global Health
  • ANT 306: Medicine and Culture
  • ANT 350 Anthropology of the Family
  • ANT 361 Anthropology and the Environment
  • ANT 365 The Real and the Supernatural in Latin America
  • ANT 355 Middle East Film & Culture
  • ANT 317 Anthropology & Global Problem Solving
  • ANT 319 Anthropology of Globalization
  • ANT 302 The Maya
  • ANT 305 Murder, Memory, and Maya



ANT 200 – Cultural Anthropology:
 The purpose of this course is, first, to introduce you to the basic concepts and methodology in the study of culture and human socialization.  Second, we will compare and contrast the cultural lifeways and patterns of people in both non-industrial and industrial societies.  In this endeavor, we will explore how different cultures are structured and what is meaningful to the members of those cultures.  Throughout the course, special focus is placed on the interrelationship between cultural adaptation and human behavior.  The concept “culture” will be employed to refer to the behavioral and ideational codes people employ to conceptualize their world and interact with one another.  In summary, the course is both comparative and phenomenological in its interpretations of human behavior and various cultural systems.

ANT 351 Language, Culture and Society: Examines origin of language, linguistic change, variability of speech vis-à-vis social factors (sex, class, ethnicity), and functions of language in shaping and reflecting cultural beliefs and values. Also discusses meaning, metaphor, and special language systems such as jargons, naming, and slang. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.