Department of Anthropology
Anthropology, the study of humankind, attempts to establish useful information and generalizations about people, their behavior and their cultural and biological origins, in order to arrive at the fullest possible understanding of human diversity.
BU's undergraduate anthropology program is divided into:
- Cultural Anthropology — studies ways of life in societies across the world
- Physical Anthropology — traces human origins and biological variability
- Archaeology — seeks to explain human behavior by studying material remains from past cultures
Study in these three disciplines is interwoven so students come to see the whole picture of humankind: how humans have evolved, what problems they face, what solutions are possible, and what the future might hold.
Anthropology majors must complete 36 hours of coursework. A course in statistics is required so students will be able to interpret research findings. A course which gives students practical experience in the field, such as an internship or independent study, is part of the curriculum.
Anthropology Minor: It's also possible to minor in anthropology to support a major in another field. Students must complete 18 credit hours or six anthropology courses.
BU's anthropology faculty, who see classroom teaching as their primary professional responsibility, are dedicated to making their classes informative, well-organized, relevant, and interesting. They are known for their enthusiasm in the classroom, as well as for their professional expertise.
The anthropology department encourages small classes, one-on-one associations between faculty and students, and student involvement in anthropology, both in and out of the classroom. Anthropology majors aren't just names in a gradebook; they're well-known to the faculty who take a personal interest in their academic development and progress.