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The cultural anthropology major and minor offer a holistic understanding of human diversity.  By exploring, analyzing, and understanding patterns of beliefs, values, behaviors, shared histories, language, visual representations and material realities, cultural anthropology focuses on what it means to be human.  Our courses address relevant concerns such as food and nutrition; urban, rural, and global adaptive strategies; environmental sustainability; and economic development. Through its comparative and engaged field research methods, cultural anthropology recognizes culture as the primary means by which humans engage in social and environmental interactions to define meaningful and purposeful lives.  Cultural anthropology complements well all other undergraduate majors.

"A-Ha Moments"

Usually this happens toward the end of the Introduction to Anthropology course, when you realize that anthropology opens doors to new ways of looking at relevant problems in our world. It give you a big picture approach that liberates you from assumptions that there only a few answers to life's enduring questions. Ethnographic research helps you recognize your own humanity as a common condition and grow your hearts to care more deeply for others. Knowledge of differences can be empowering.

Cultural Anthropology Faculty