Anthropology courses cover language and culture, urban anthropology, environmentalism, human rights, gender and society, medical anthropology, law and order, technology, family and kinship, religion, tourism and media studies. For instance, you may examine the influence of mass media on contemporary society in Anthropology of Media. In Language and Culture, you will look at how language is shaped by and shapes culture and social relations across racial, ethnic and gender categories. In Living with Globalization, you'll trace the consequences of global integration for economic and political systems.
Anthropology Department faculty are excited to share their fieldwork experiences in their classes and, wherever possible, engage in the Union tradition of involving students in first-hand research. Our faculty actively conduct research in societies in Latin America, Asia and the South Pacific. They specialize in the democratization of Third World countries, the rise of religious fundamentalism, the relation of language and culture, differences in schools and education across cultures, the understanding of local versions of world religions, the cultural differences in healing practices and many other areas.
Exciting opportunities abound in two terms abroad sponsored by the department: in Palau, Fiji, and Jaipur, India, where students design and work on unique individual projects. Both programs offer internships. In Fiji, students live with a local family and go into the schools to analyze the relationship between educational systems and societal and cultural forces. In India, they focus on the rich cultural heritage of the greater Jaipur region through work with non-profit organizations, schools and community-based development projects.