Anthropology is the study of human nature, human society, and the human past. As a holistic study of the human experience, anthropology encompasses information from the natural sciences and humanities. Anthropologists study living cultures (cultural anthropology), prehistoric cultures (archaeology), human evolution and biological diversity (physical/biological anthropology), and the history and cultural contexts of language (linguistics). With an anthropology minor or an anthropology emphasis in the sociology program, you will be able to
- use both physical and social sciences to solve problems,
- recognize how past cultures shape present norms and values, and
- successfully relate to a world in which cultural interaction and diversity have expanded dramatically and multiculturalism is the norm rather than a distant concept.
Major in Sociology with an Anthropology Emphasis
Although SFA does not offer an anthropology major, students can major in sociology with an anthropology emphasis. The sociology major with an anthropology emphasis introduces students to most of the major areas of anthropology, provides an archaeological fieldwork opportunity, and includes room for several elective courses in anthropology.
ANT 231: Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
ANT 248: Physical Anthropology (4 credits)
ANT 251: Intro to Archaeology (4 credits)
ANT 440: Field School) or ANT 441: Qualitative Methods (3 credits)
SOC 137: Intro to Sociology (3 credits)
SOC 310: Professional Seminar (3 credits)
SOC 379: Data Analysis (3 credits)
SOC 471: Sociological Theory (3 credits)
SOC 495: Capstone (3 credits)
Additional upper-level anthropology courses (6 credits)
Minor in Anthropology
A minor in Anthropology requires 23 semester hours of which at least nine must be advanced. Required courses are ANT 231, 248 & 248L, 251 & 251L, and 12 additional hours in Anthropology, 9 of which must be advanced.
Anyone can minor in Anthropology. Even if your major does not require a minor, you are still free to obtain a minor if you wish.
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Assistant Professor, Anthropology Program Director
Research areas: Biocultural Anthropology (specifically, Ethnobotany and Medical Anthropology)
Courses taught: Cultural Anthropology, Human Physical Variation, Qualitative Research Methods, Culture of Health and Medicine, Magic and the Supernatural, and Cults and the Mythological
Research areas: Archaeology (specifically, Maya Archaeology, Ceramic Analysis, Archaeological Sciences, Anthropology of Technology, and Anthropological Ethics)
Courses taught: Cultural Anthropology, Prehistory of North America, Box Office Archaeology, Archaeological Mysteries, Field Methods in Archaeology, Human Osteology and Archaeological Forensics, and Archaeological Foods and Feasts
Archaeology Laboratory Director
Cultural Heritage Resource Coordinator
Research areas: Historical Archaeology, Spanish Colonial Archaeology, Ceramic Technology, Mississippian Period in the Southeastern US, Cultural Resource Management