Rob Efird, PhD
What does it mean to be human? Anthropology is an integrated and
interdisciplinary field that offers a cross-cultural, holistic
engagement with this question. The undergraduate study of anthropology
is a fascinating, practical way to build a critical understanding of the
broad past, present, and future of human experience, cultural
interaction, and the individual’s role in society. Regardless of your
future career plans, anthropology gives you the foundational skills to
successfully navigate and understand our increasingly global,
multicultural world, while opening up new horizons for personal
reflection and growth.
The major is designed to empower students with anthropological
knowledge and skills that are both immediately valuable as well as a
foundation for further intellectual development. A broad understanding
of human culture around the world and across time is achieved through
three types of classes. The first set of classes, the foundations of
anthropology, provides a solid grounding in the principles, theories,
and methods of anthropology. The second set of classes, the anthropology
major electives, offers students opportunities to explore a variety of
specific anthropological themes. Students complement these anthropology
classes with a third set of classes that are drawn from disciplines
outside anthropology yet focus on the themes of society and culture. The
major thus offers students ample opportunity to develop and pursue
their particular interests while acquiring a solid foundation in
anthropological principles, methods and theory.
Degrees offered: BA, BA with departmental honors, minor
Faculty Profile: Social Work Professor Amelia S. Derr, read the article and watch the video here.
Student Taylor Denton, majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish, uses her language skills, classroom learning, and study-abroad and volunteer experiences to support families and communities of Tseltal Maya as an intern at the One Equal Heart Foundation. Read the article and watch the video here.
A new book by Sociology Professor Tal Peretz, Some Men: Feminist Allies and the Movement to End Violence Against Women, examines how men have worked with boys and other men to stop violence against women.More here.
Department Chair Rob Efird was interviewed by China Daily USA about his work in China. He was recently selected as one of 20 China scholars for the National Committee on United States-China Relations' Public Intellectuals Program. Read the interview here.