Anthropologist Laura Nader defines anthropology as “the study of humankind, otherwise known as Homo Sapiens, the wise primate. It is about our history, our prehistory before written records, our biology, our language, our distribution of peoples all over the planet, and the cultural and social aspects of our existence.” From multiple perspectives and theoretical frameworks, Anthropology provides us with tools and knowledge to help us understand, respect, and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our planet. Using a broad approach, anthropological studies range from the local to the global, from everyday life to special events-all aspects that transform, influence and shape our experience as a species living on this planet. Anthropology, as a discipline, has porous boundaries, sharing interests and theoretical approaches with other disciplines. But something that characterizes Anthropology is its methodological focus on ethnographic fieldwork research.
Anthropology is an excellent companion to any major or field of study. With an emphasis on qualitative/ethnographic research methods, students will develop the skills necessary to conduct individual ethnographic fieldwork projects. The Anthropology Minor is designed to complement and expand the general education that students receive at PC.
APG 101 Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology
APG 249 Ethnographic Research Methods
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