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The Anthropology undergraduate program provides students with a solid foundation in the contemporary theory and practice of four-field anthropology through lecture courses and instruction that encourage critical thinking and provide opportunities for independent research and fieldwork. The baccalaureate degree is offered with a focus in General Anthropology. This provides a broad-based academic background applicable to a wide range of careers in anthropology related fields, including preparation for graduate study.
The anthropology graduate program provides students with a rigorous background in contemporary theory and practice in applied anthropology through advanced coursework, internships, independent research, and a research-based thesis. Two concentrations are available: Applied Cultural Anthropology and Cultural Resource Management. Students learn to apply anthropological concepts, methods, ethics, and perspectives to the specific subfield of anthropology in which they practice. The applied cultural anthropology concentration identifies and assists in resolving current social issues in their cultural dimensions. The cultural resource management concentration involves the inventory, assessment and conservation of archaeological and historical sites and remains, and places of traditional cultural importance, as a part of a larger management framework.