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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Job Announcement: Great Lakes Archaeology and Indigenous People

Job Announcement: Great Lakes Archaeology and Indigenous People

Grand Valley State University Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position professor in Great Lakes Archaeology and Indigenous People to begin August 6, 2022.

Oct 28, 2021

ANT 400: Ethnographic Methods

ANT 400: Ethnographic Methods

Learn to conduct ethnographic research -Experience anthropology fieldwork -Practice participant observation -Gain hands-on skills with interviewing -Learn to code and analyze transcripts

Sep 24, 2021

Anthropology faculty member, Dr. Kristin Hedges, and GVSU students develop mesages to bring awarenss to the COVID-19 vaccine

Anthropology faculty member, Dr. Kristin Hedges, and GVSU students develop mesages to bring awarenss to the COVID-19 vaccine

A Grand Valley anthropology faculty member and two GVSU students have worked together on the creation of graphics to address vaccine awareness in the West Michigan community.

Sep 2, 2021

ANT 320: Culture and Disease

ANT 320: Culture and Disease

This course provides an introduction to the field of medical anthropology.

Jul 13, 2021

ANT 420: Applied Anthropology

ANT 420: Applied Anthropology

ANT 420: Applied Anthropology Fall 2021  T/R 11:30-12:45

Apr 5, 2021

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