The field of Anthropology allows students to build cross-cultural understandings and overcome ethnocentrism through an intensive study of cultures and societies from the ancient past to the present, through holistic and cross-cultural study. Anthropologists explore the totality of culture, including economies, political systems, families, gender and sexuality, religion, art, myth, folklore, prehistory, primate study, and linguistics. They Anthropology is traditionally divided into four fields of study: Cultural or Social Anthropology, Archaeology, Linguistics and Physical or Biological Anthropology. Anthropologists also apply cross-cultural understandings through applied or practice-oriented anthropology. The Anthropology department offers courses in all sub-fields except Linguistics.
The study of Anthropology is a good preparation for employment in education, government, social service agencies, Foreign Service, cultural resource management, forensics, and business, including international business. Anthropologists are prepared to understand and work with individuals from other cultural settings in the helping professions, including health care, social services, and public welfare agencies. The Bridgewater State University Anthropology program allows students to concentrate in Cultural Anthropology, Public Archaeology, and General Anthropology.
Students majoring in Education may select a Cultural Anthropology concentration as a second major course of study. Students majoring in Cultural and General Anthropology generally receive the Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. Students majoring in Public Archaeology receive a Bachelor of Science degree. Students may also complete a minor in Anthropology.
For more information about this major contact:
Chairperson: Dr. Sandra Faiman-Silva
Administrative Assistant: Patricia Dyer
Web Site: Anthropology
Building: Burrill Office Complex (95 Burrill Avenue)
Room: Room 100
Last Modified: June 25, 2012