Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Anthropology (from the Greek anthropos, for human, and loggia, for science) is the study of human behavior, from the dawn of time to present day.
Today's anthropologists do not work only in exotic locations; they can be found in corporations, government, educational institutions and non-profit associations at home and abroad. Anthropologists were there at Ground Zero and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, gathering crucial data.
Anthropology attracts people who want to understand why things happen and are eager to tackle big human problems, such as poverty, hunger, overpopulation and warfare. It is a field of study that is more relevant than ever.
As an anthropology major at Union, you will combine fascinating course work along with valuable practical training. You will learn to observe, interview, record and describe complex social behavior as it happens. You may go on a term abroad in Fiji or India. On the Fiji term students do internships in schools to analyze the relationship between educational systems and society. In India, they intern with non-profit organizations.
Anthropology majors often take positions in business and government, lending their talents to such fields as advertising, market research, public relations, banking, merchandising, medicine, journalism and management consulting. They are also ideally suited to such governmental positions as foreign service officers, urban planners and counselors. As a discipline that focuses on cross-cultural understanding, you will find anthropologists working for agencies of the United Nations (such as UNESCO), the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the Peace Corps and the Agency for International Development.
An introduction to anthropological approaches to the study of politics. Students examine influential theories of power, democracy and the state and apply them to understanding particular cases in various areas of the world.
This course examines some of the theoretical issues surrounding myth, ritual and magic as well as specific examples of their cultural expression. How do people make sense of themselves, their society and the world through myth and ritual?
The comparative study of the role of sport in society. Topics include the meaning of play and sport; the evolution of sport; sport and socialization; ritual in sport; sport and gender; sport and race; sport and education; and sport, conflict and violence.