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Anthropology

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.

Department Learning Outcomes
Students 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.

Special Department Information
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.

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.

Employment 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.

Career Opportunities
Anthropologist
Museum Curator/Technician
Collections Manager
Educator
Communications Archeologist
Laboratory Assistant
Technician National/State Park Interpreter
Cultural Resource Management Paleontologist
International Agency Staff
Peace Corps Worker
Linguist

 

anthropology

Department Course Offerings
ANTH 1457   Cultural Anthropology (3cr)
ANTH 2411   Cultures of American Indians (3cr)
ANTH 2425   Cultures of Latin America (3cr)

AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES CERTIFICATE
Student must choose 12 credits from the following list:
ANTH 2411   Culture of American Indians (3cr)
ARTS 2485   American Indian Art (3cr)
ENGL 2455   American Indian Literature (3cr)
HIST 2406   Ojibwe History (3cr)
HIST 2411   American Indian History (3cr)
POLS 2401   Federal Indian Policy (3cr)

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT 12 CREDITS

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