Junior and Senior Elective

Cultural anthropology offers methods for understanding both the complexities of human societies and the commonalities of the human experience. Students will work to develop tools for making sense of the experience of people whose lives differ from our own and an ability to see our familiar world through a new perspective. By making our cultural assumptions explicit, the hope is a distinctive approach to intercultural understanding and awareness. Key anthropological concepts explored include: race, gender, identity, materiality, kinship, religion and belief, power, change, cultural, and symbolism. Cultural anthropology utilizes a research method unique to social sciences, ethnography, which combines observation and a deep empirical study of other cultures. Students will read two full length ethnographies, conduct fieldwork observations, culminating in a mini-ethnographic research project.