Anthropology literally means the study of humans and involves both socio-cultural and biological aspects of humankind. Anthropologists examine human cultural/biological variation and complexity through a combination of the scientific and humanistic methods. The discipline is holistic, historical, and interpretive, highlighting both conceptual understanding and hands-on fieldwork experience. Anthropology is intrinsically global in scope emphasizing the examination of the similarities and differences between human groups, cultures, and societies.
The Anthropology degree, focuses on holistic understanding of human evolution, interdependence of global life and cultural sensitivity makes a unique contribution to academic education. Key program components include a rigorous social science curriculum focused on three subfields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology; lab courses that provide a hands-on learning dimension; practical applied experiences through fieldwork opportunities and independent research projects; and connections made with the larger community via internships, study abroad opportunities, and a senior capstone project.
The degree draws upon the strengths of the existing faculty in various disciplines across the College, the University (e.g. Center for Intercultural Studies) and the community (e.g. the St. Louis Zoo). In addition, it supports the efforts of faculty who have interests in sustainability/human impact, globalization processes, peace and conflict in the U.S. and worldwide and cross-cultural dialogues. Further, a major in Anthropology facilitates linkages with national and international communities (e.g., current anthropology faculty work with colleagues at other institutions in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Suriname, and Colombia).
For further information on the major or minor in Anthropology, or on any of the classes offered, please contact:
Katherine C. MacKinnon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Director, Undergraduate Anthropology Program
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO 63108