Anthropology (cultural) major

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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.



Successful Careers


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:

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.

Sample Schedule

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:

Get more details from the course catalog! (Note: this is a PDF file)


Central College is one of the most beautiful college campuses you'll find. A perfect mix of old and new, our buildings reflect our history and our future, featuring energy conservation and environmental responsibility. Our state-of-the-art facilities include:


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.

Study Abroad

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.