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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.Student Recording Lab Information

Unique Features
The Anthropology degree, with its focus 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
    • archaeology 
  • lab courses that provide a hands-on learning dimension 
  • practical applied experiences through fieldwork opportunities and independent research projects 
  • connections made with the larger community via internships, study abroad opportunities, and a senior capstone project.

The Anthropology program at SLU supports the efforts of faculty who have interests in sustainability/human impact, culture and medicine, urban issues, 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

See our Facebookgroup, "SLU Anthropology Club"

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