Anthropology is the global social science. It is the study of the human condition everywhere; its cultural, linguistic, and biological diversity; and how it evolved and developed from the prehistoric past into the globalizing present. Anthropology is an interdisciplinary 14 credit major that intersects with programs and departments across the University. Students may major in anthropology as a whole (General Anthropology), or choose to concentrate in Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology, or Medical Anthropology.
Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology is the study of cultural, social, and semiotic variation in the modern world since the development of the ethnographic method in the late 19th century. Areas of study include comparisons of different cultural communities and their relationship to social and demographic factors, as well as communication and media. Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology majors take introductory courses in all sub-fields of Anthropology, and complete the remainder of their coursework primarily in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology.