Focusing on the challenges of our own moment in history.
Spanning the humanities and social sciences in a unique way, anthropology—the study of social and cultural forms of human life—has taken a leading role in shaping critical engagements with questions of ethics, politics, and life, that exceed existing disciplinary boundaries.
As a student, you’ll learn from faculty who are leading debates on many of the issues that have shaped the field. And you’ll have the opportunity to dig into topics like new religious practices and religious strife, globalization and competition, law and the problems of governance, new diseases and medical interventions, global social movements and transnational media forms, and environmental crises such as climate change.
CLASSES YOU MIGHT TAKE
Invitation to Anthropology
We will examine anthropological concepts and methods, and engage in critical analysis of a range of topics including language, exchange, class, kinship, race, community, gender and sexuality, magic and religion, and capitalism.
What Does it Mean to Be Religious?
Through an exploration of the categories of experience, creativity and the individual, we offer a less presumptuous and more open-ended way of imagining the many things it may mean to be religious.
Let's Play! Games from Ancient Egypt and Beyond
By replacing board games, ball games, games of skill, etc. in their archaeological, historical and cultural contexts, the course is intended as an original introduction to the civilization of ancient Egypt.
Professor and Department Chair, Department of Anthropology
Anthropology's History, Why It's Relevant to Our Ongoing Political and Cultural Discussions, and the Walls that Surround Us as Americans
The professor of anthropology discusses his book ‘A Possible Anthropology,’ which takes an expansive look at the field and a world of clashing values unfolding before our eyes.Read More