What is the Anthropology course of study?
Anthropology at SAC includes three of the four major fields of Anthropology: Physical or Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, and Archaeology.
What will I learn?
You will learn to see the world differently than you do now. Though each of the fields are different - physical anthropology is concerned with human evolution and development; archaeology is the study of past cultural material and the people associated with them; cultural anthropology focuses on the understanding of existing cultural groups – we all embrace a common holistic perspective. We do this to try and answer the question, "What does it mean to be a human being?" What you'll learn are the past and on-going processes of our humanity. If you have ever wondered, why religion exists, or why babies have a strong grip, or what does it mean to bury the dead, then these classes are for you.
What can I do with this course of study?
A bachelors degree in anthropology is very much like other liberal arts bachelors degrees. In trying to understand how we develop we look at all aspects of the human experience, history, anatomy, social development, language development, the effects of the environment, how people form societies, how worldview develops. This holistic approach can lead to further specialization in graduate school where you focus on a particular field; law school, business school, international studies. Anthropologists work as cultural resource managers, go on to nursing or medical school, work for the National Park Service or the U.S. State Department. The limits on what you can do with this degree is based on the limits you put upon yourself.
What's special about the Anthropology course of study?
Our enthusiasm is pretty special. The people who teach anthropology here at SAC love what they do and it shows. Anthropology is fieldwork based. All of us have to do research outside of our institutions in order to exit from graduate school. Often students go out in the field as juniors or seniors before earning their bachelor's degree. Along with teaching you the history of the discipline, you'll learn concepts and theories anthropologists use to report on what they've learned in their research. We teach you to do anthropology not just study what it is.