Anthropology (cultural) major
Cultural anthropology asks what it means to be human. Holistic and broad in scope, 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 the cultures of 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 fieldwork experiences that give 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 it with another program of study (e.g. a 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 life endeavors.
- Jeffrey Bass, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology; areas of interest include: Latin America, ethnographic field methods, human rights, political and medical anthropology; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Assistant Director of Multicultural Services at St. Marys College, Nortre Dame, Indiana.
- Wildlife Educator for the Pella Wildlife Company, Des Moines, Iowa
- Graduate student in anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Senior Loan Portfolio Analyst for Wells Fargo, Des Moines, Iowa
- International Student Ministry Outreach Coordinator, for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Urbana, Illinois.
- Senior Coordinator for the Study Abroad Program at Central College, Pella, Iowa
Central offers a wide variety of opportunities to get practical experience. The anthropology department has established internships where students can learn by through practical experience. Internships normally last 12 weeks. Recent internships sites for anthropology majors include:
- The Department of Natural Resources
- Pella Police Department
- Pella Wildlife Company
- One Iowa: Equality for LGBT Iowans
- Lutheran Refugee Services of Iowa
Learn more about internships at Central.
Because there are so many aspects of human interaction, culture and society, Central’s anthropology program provides a broad range of elective courses, many from other disciplines. This allows students to select course offerings that capture their imagination. Courses in theories and methods are required, but the other courses completed depend on student interests.
- Introduction to cultural anthropology
- Ethnographic field methods
- Culture theory Cultures of the Middle East
- Culture through film
- Medical anthropology
- 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
- History of modern China
- History of modern Japan
- World music
- Philosophies in the Far East
- Introduction to international politics
- Contemporary Europe
- Social psychology
- Asian religions
- Principles of Sociology
- Social problems
- Sociology of the family
- Sociology of religion
- American Ethnicity
- The immigrant experience
- African-American literature
- Modern Latin America
- The Jewish experience
- Hispanics/Latinos in the United States
- Field methods in linguistics
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.
- Apartment-style residence hall opened fall 2003, with new wing completed in 2005, earned Central’s second LEED rating, a gold medal.
- New education and psychology building opens fall 2009 with application for platinum LEED award.
- Weller Center for Business and International Studies with state-of-the art technologies and energy efficient design including solar panels on the roof.
- Central Market, Iowa’s most original dining hall with unique European market place design.
- Geisler Library with 230,000 volumes and worldwide electronic access.
- Café@Geisler offers espresso, coffee, snacks.
- Wireless Internet through out campus.
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 Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.