About Anthropology

     The anthropology major prepares students to interact in culturally diverse global and local contexts.  Students learn to appreciate the contributions of biological and cultural diversity to the adaptive success of the human species.  To understand these phenomena, we employ the methods and theories of the four fields of anthropology: physical anthropology, archaeology (pre-history), linguistics, and cultural anthropology.  The main focus of the major is on cultural anthropology with a specialized minor in medical anthropology.  Both provide a holistic perspective that integrates biological, historical, linguistic, and cultural approaches to examine relationships between cultural systems and human experience.  Our faculty members engage in highly diverse research interests.  Fr. Bucko directs the Native American Studies program and has published widely on Native cultures.  Dr. Dilly’s area expertise includes rural peoples and cultures of Latin America and the American Midwest.  Dr. Rodlach is a medical anthropologist specializing in AIDS research in Africa.
     Students are trained as observers and critical analysts of cultural realities, employing social scientific methods and theories in their investigations. Students communicate their findings and apply their skills in public contexts to further Creighton’s mission goals of building knowledge and encouraging social justice.  Study abroad, internships, and independent research are all highly encouraged.  Upon graduation, anthropology majors frequently engage in volunteer work and extensive global travel prior to entering a wide range of graduate programs from law to medical school as well as Ph.D. programs in anthropology.  Our graduates are also prepared for careers in public service and private industry.  The relevant skills they acquire in our program include working with diverse populations to advocate for and implement social reforms; managing programs that evaluate and reflect on cultural patterns to understand change and resistance to change in public and private settings; coordinating scientific fact finding task forces to gain knowledge of social and cultural realities; directing programs that respect and celebrate diversity; developing policies that address practical problems in business and public life resulting from cultural mis-understandings.