Studying Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humans. The sub-fields within anthropology are Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and Linguistics. Anthropology as a discipline teaches/promotes:

  • holism - the concept that all aspects of human behavior are interrelated and important in understanding what it means to be human,
  • cross-cultural analyses - to understand the wide range of diversity in human behavior in order to eliminate prejudice and bias,
  • human diversity  - uses a variety of methods to observe and measure the range of human behavior and culture,
  • problem solving - using Applied Anthropology to assess and solve social problems.

Anthropological perspectives provide students with unique abilities to contribute to standard job skills such as: diversity sensitivity, management, interviewing techniques, research/program design, statistical/survey techniques, teaching/training, communication.

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King Tutu Day

King Tutu Day

Join us for the centennial anniversary of King Tut's discovery

Oct 19, 2022

Anthropology Advising Event

Anthropology Advising Event

Don't know what classes to take? Join us to speak with advisors. Tuesday March 22nd, 4-6pm

Mar 15, 2022

Sacred Sustenance Panel Discussion

Sacred Sustenance Panel Discussion

A panel discussion exploring the role of food in religion.

Mar 15, 2022

Summer Ethnographic Field School Announcement

Summer Ethnographic Field School Announcement

Conduct research at the Festival of the Arts, an essential part of the Grand Rapids community for over 50 years. Held downtown in early June and combining visual arts, live music, & literature, this is the largest all-volunteer arts festival in the U.S.

Mar 3, 2022

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Project Spotlight: Displaying Maasai Culture

Video explaining the display cases in the department

Who is George I Quimby?

Video explaining the life history of Dr. George Quimby

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