Anthropology (cultural) major
Cultural anthropology asks what it means to be human. Holistic and broad in scope in their approach, cultural anthropologists have an interest in all humans in all times and places. In a Western setting, such as Central College, there is an emphasis on learning about indigenous peoples and peoples from non-Western societies, with the goal of preparing ourselves to better understand an increasingly diverse and culturally dynamic world.
The cultural anthropology major is structured to provide students with a strong grounding in cultural anthropology within an interdisciplinary framework. The required courses offer a combination of academic anthropological knowledge and real world experiences, which gives students the foundation they will need to put their anthropological training to use after college. The major is also structured in a way that allows students to easily combine with another program of study (e.g. foreign language major or minor, political science major or minor, not-for-profit management , interdisciplinary program, etc.), providing even more opportunities for students to turn their individual interests into credible life endeavors.
- Jeffrey Bass, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology; areas of interest include: Latin America, ethnographic field methods, political and medical anthropology; firstname.lastname@example.org
- David Hopwood, M.A., Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, areas of interest include: human evolution, early hominin behavior, skeletal biology and forensic anthropology; email@example.com
- Graduate student in anthropology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
- Graduate student and consultant, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
- Mortgage loan specialist, Wells Fargo, Minneapolis, Minn.
- Volunteer, AmeriCorp VISTA, Council Bluffs, Iowa
- Houseparent, Boys and Girls Country, Hockley, Texas
- Graduate student, cultural geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colo.
Central offers many anthropology courses and electives from other disciplines including:
- Introduction to cultural anthropology
- Ethnographic field methods
- Cultures of the Middle East
- Culture through film
- Medical anthropology
- Culture theory
- Cultures of Latin America
- Yucatan anthropology field school
- Anthropology of religion
- First peoples
- Introduction to statistics
- Fundamentals of statistics
- Intercultural communication
- Literature of India and the Pacific
- African and Caribbean literature
- Principles of linguistics
- Latin American civilization
- Modern East Asian civilization
- Modern African civilization
- Mideastern civilization
- History of modern China
- History of modern Japan
- World music
- Philosophies in the Far East
- Politics in foreign countries
- Introduction to international politics
- Contemporary Europe
- Social psychology
- Asian religions
- Christianity and eastern religions
- Ethnicity and nationalism
- Minority groups
- Ethnic encounter
- The immigrant experience
- African-American literature
- History of Chinese minorities
- African politics since 1935
- Modern Latin America
- The Jewish experience
- Hispanics/Latinos in the United States
- Field methods in linguistics
- Teaching English as a second language
- Biblical archeology
- Public history seminar
- Culture and psychology: Latinos and Latinas in Iowa
- Civilization of Hispanic America
The course sequence for anthropology is extremely flexible and allows for students to pursue internships and study abroad opportunities. A typical first-year schedule includes:
- Introduction to cultural anthropology
- Core courses and/or electives
Get more details from the course catalog! (Note: this is a PDF file)
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- Vermeer Science Center — $20-million renovation and addition completed fall 2003 earned Iowa’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating, a silver medal, from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group or organization that you’ll want to join! Anthropology students might be interested in Central's Sociology and Anthropology Club.
Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s eight international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with Central’s Chicago program and the Washington, D.C., program. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.