Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts


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A degree in Anthropology provides opportunities to study and understand human social, cultural, biological, prehistoric, and language systems. The program features a holistic cross-cultural approach that includes research, fieldwork, and service. Students round out their studies with four terms of language (or via CLEP-demonstrated proficiency).

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts


Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology? 

Anthropology is the study of humans and human behavior in the past, present, and future. If you're curious about how humanity evolved, what prehistoric rock art says about the past, how language shapes understanding, or even how to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, then Anthropology might be of interest to you. With a bachelor's degree in anthropology you will gain an enduring understanding of the human condition, which is useful in any career.

The Anthropology Department is creatively engaged in research and application to the study of the behavior, institutions, and the biological makeup of humankind. You can learn ethnographic methods, computer simulation, multimedia production, laboratory science, bioarchaeology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Our labs are state-of-the-art. Not only will you develop the skills of a working anthropologist, but you'll also learn essential career skills like critical thinking, writing, communication and hands-on research. You can take advantage of opportunities to do fieldwork and internships here in Arizona and around the world. This major allows you to specialize in a principal area of anthropology, or provides you the opportunity to take a course of study that includes all four offered fields.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Cultural resource management
  • Land management
  • Museum curation
  • Medical anthropology

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Forensic anthropologist
  • Ethnobotanist
  • Academic professional
  • Museum curator or educator

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts


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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Highest Mathematics Required STA 270
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Foreign Language Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Research Optional
University Honors Program Optional
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended
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Purpose Statement

Anthropology integrates scientific and humanistic approaches to the study of people and culture to inform our two goals:

  1. To support global citizenship through information, skills, and perspectives that build cross-cultural awareness and increase the ability to identify our own cultural assumptions, and
  2. To promote an engaged anthropology that addresses the contemporary challenges of our local and global communities.

The scope of the program encompasses past, present, and future perspectives on the human condition, within the subfields of socio-cultural, linguistic, and biological anthropology, and archaeology.

The content focuses on the range of human cultural and biological diversity through Anthropology’s core concepts, theories, methods, and major debates. Skills developed include; critical thinking, research methods and analysis, effective writing, and constructive dialogue.

Student-focused learning experiences include innovative coursework, research opportunities, community engagement, laboratory and field training, and internships.

The Sociocultural Emphasis focuses on the range of human cultural diversity and anthropological perspectives, ethics, and theory. It covers the intersections of language and discourse, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, religion, economics, social inequality, politics, environment, culture change, health, and globalization. The skills developed in this emphasis include: critical reading and writing, effective communication skills, cross-cultural and holistic perspectives, analysis of culture, and ethical awareness.

The Archaeology Emphasis focuses on the interdisciplinary understanding of past human lives through the scientific study of material culture and biological remains using applicable theories in archaeology within a broader framework of heritage management. Skills  developed in this emphasis include: field, lab, and curatorial methods as they apply to archaeological questions, interpreting the appropriate regulatory context for archaeological projects, and evaluating ethical dilemmas in archaeology.

The program prepares students for a range of professional careers in government, private sector, - not-for-profit, and community-based organizations in addition to graduate and professional degree

Student Learning Outcomes

Using the anthropological perspective (non-ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, cross-cultural emphasis, diachronic approach, and holism) students will:

 
Sociocultural Anthropology Emphasis
Upon completion of the emphasis in Sociocultural Anthropology, students will be able to: 
Archaeology Emphasis
Upon completion of the emphasis in Archaeology, students will be able to:

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts


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Foreign Language Requirement
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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts


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