Rob Efird, PhD
Anthropology is an integrated and interdisciplinary field. The discipline offers a holistic engagement with the question: What does it mean to be human? Anthropology is ideally suited to a critical understanding of the broad past, present, and the future of human experience, cultural interaction, and the person in society. Anthropology is embedded in an empirically based working theory of cultural diversity.
Anthropological perspectives are especially suited to complement studies in fields in which humans are central: pre-medicine, psychology, political science, urban planning, journalism, education, and business.
The major is designed to develop students’ abilities and skills in knowledge of the field that will serve as a foundation for further study and/or career goals. A broad understanding of human culture around the world and across time is achieved through four types of classes.
In addition, students will take electives that enable them to achieve a breadth of information in areas such as medical anthropology, gender and sexuality, language, business and politics.
Degrees offered: BA, BA with departmental honors, minor
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.
Professor Efird also published "Schooling for Sustainable Development Across the Pacific," which includes overviews and case studies in environmental education and education for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region and examples in the US and Canada. More here.
Social Work Professor Amelia Seraphia Derr explored how social services providers understand the importance of incorporating new immigrants into their communities in "How Do Social Service Providers View Recent Immigrants." More here.
Social Work Professor Riva Zeff wrote about field placements for students in a new guide on best practices for designing, implementing, and maintaining an effective field education program. More here.