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Anthropology

About the Department

Courses in Anthropology address questions about the human experience: What does it mean to be human? How does the human experience vary across time and culture? How do people organize their lives to make sense of the world in which they live? How does culture influence how people interpret their world?

Students of anthropology learn to be respectful of diversity by understanding the reasons behind our differences. They develop a global perspective by learning to look beyond their own world view to see the world through other eyes. Students also develop analysis skills, communications skills and an understanding of many different cultures. The field of anthropology includes both cultural anthropology and archaeology, along with physical and linguistic anthropology.

Students in this program may earn a certificate that will enrich their knowledge of the American Indians of the central Minnesota region. The American Indian Studies certificate explores the culture, history, art and literature of the American Indian.

Many anthropologists find careers working with diverse cultures or in any field requiring a global perspective such as education, public service, social and political activism, as well as private sector careers. An archaeology focus prepares students to teach or to work with agencies that do excavation and/or survey archaeology, artifact inventory, forensics, and related areas.

Department Information

Department Description

Department Description: Courses in Anthropology address questions about the human experience: What does it mean to be human? How does the human experience vary across time and culture? How do people organize their lives to make sense of the world in which they live? How does culture influence how people interpret their world? Students of anthropology learn to be respectful of diversity by understanding the reasons behind our differences. They develop a global perspective by learning to look beyond their own world view to see the world through other eyes. Students also develop analysis skills, communications skills and an understanding of many different cultures.The field of anthropology includes both cultural anthropology and archeology, along with physical and linguistic anthropology.

Career Description: Many anthropologists find careers working with diverse cultures or in any field requiring a global perspective such as education, public service, social and political activism, as well as private sector careers. An archeology focus prepares students to teach or to work with agencies that do excavation and/or survey archeology, artifact inventory, forensics, and related areas.

Learning Outcomes

Department Learning Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and apply alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Identify and communicate alternative explanations for contemporary social issues.
  • Identify the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral sciences use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods or cultures.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer Opportunities: Anthropology courses generally transfer to all accredited schools. The issues addressed in anthropology prepare students to study in many fields. All aspects of life today can be enhanced by a cross-cultural perspective.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities: Many anthropologists find careers working with diverse cultures or in any field requiring a global perspective such as education, public service, social and political activism, as well as private sector careers. An archeology focus prepares students to teach or to work with agencies that do excavation and/or survey archeology, artifact inventory, forensics, and related areas.

Instructors

garyGary Payne
Gary Payne has traveled to over 30 nations in his career of nearly as many years. Payne documented these travels in dozens of photographic presentations, his online textbook and a PBS documentary. He has won several awards for his efforts to protect Minnesota’s environment and a Page One award for professional writing. Email Gary for more information

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

 
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