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Anthropology

Offering a Bachelor of Science Degree, and a Minor

Cultural relativism + Evolution = Anthropology. We work to showcase human variation in culture and biology through the five subfields of anthropology: Cultural, Archaeology, Physical, Linguistic, and Applied. Whether you are interested in talking to people about their ways of life, digging artifacts and buildings from the past, or finding your origins through the study of bones and primates, anthropology is your course of study. At UCM, we offer opportunities to observe primates at the Kansas City Zoo, develop a totally new language, interview people to solve world problems, excavate artifacts from our past, and measure human skulls and brain size. We are investigating all aspects of humans, and you are invited to join!

 

Anthropology Faculty (left to right): Dr. Hannah E. Marsh, Dr. Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone, and Dr. Jeff Yelton

 

Degrees Offered

We offer a Bachelors of Science (BS) degree, as well as an option to Minor in Anthropology. The BS requirements are:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ANTH 1810*
Human Prehistory
3
ANTH 1820*
Cultural Anthropology
3
ANTH 2820*
Anthropology of Food
3
ANTH 2830
Hoax and Myth in Anthrpology
3
ANTH 3810
Applied Anthropology
3
ANTH 3830
Anthropological Linguistics
3
ANTH 4890
Anthropology Senior Seminar
3
Anthropological Field Experience (ANTH 4815, 4835, or 4830)
3
Anthropology electives (courses with an ANTH prefix)
18
Total credits required ANTH credits
42

*These courses also fulfill General Education (Gen Ed) Requirements.

 

The Minor requirements are:

Course Number
Course Name
Credits
ANTH 1810*
Human Prehistory
3
ANTH 1820*
Cultural Anthropology
3
ANTH 2820*
Anthropology of Food
3
Anthropology electives (courses with an ANTH prefix)
12
Total credits required for ANTH minor
21

If you are interested in either option, please email one of the professors listed above, and/or stop by Wood 136 to chat with someone about signing up!

 

The Anthropology program is home for two student organizations: the Anthropology Club and Lambda Alpha, the national Anthropology honorary society.

 

 

Exploring the Nature of Humans and Our Cultures

Anthropology can be useful in any attempt to solve life's problems, for its basic goal is to explore and describe the nature of human beings as evolving culture-bearing creatures, living in organized societies-each different and yet similar in many ways. Therefore, anthropology is the science of humans and culture. The subdivisions or subfields of anthropology include physical anthropology, cultural or social anthropology, archeology, and linguistics. All deal with different aspects of human beings. The aim of physical anthropology is to develop knowledge concerning the biological and genetic characteristics of human populations, ancient and modern. Cultural anthropology deals with learned behavior in human societies. Archaeology recovers and interprets the artifacts of past ways of life. Linguistics is the study of language. All subfields contribute to a broad holistic understanding of humans.

Anthropology Student Handbook