A variety of anthropology courses are offered at Chicago State University that can
be used to complete General Education courses in the social sciences. The Anthropology
Program also offers an academic minor in the field. Anthropology brings a uniquely
biocultural and cross-cultural approach to the study of the human condition. It considers
people both as biological and as cultural organisms. It is the "science of culture."
Anthropology's comparative perspective and its focus on non-Western and traditional
cultures, as well as our own culture, are directly relevant to students planning futures
in the multicultural modern world.
Through Biological Anthropology, students gain an insight into the origins and significance
of human biological diversity and our evolutionary heritage. Archaeology investigates
the origins of cultures and the rise and fall of the great civilizations of the ancient
world, emphasizing methods that reveal past societies when written histories are unavailable.
Cultural or Social Anthropology addresses the patterns of diversity we find in cultures
around the world as well as conveying an understanding of cultural difference. Linguistic
Anthropology examines the evolution of human languages and the culturally diverse
ways we communicate with each other. Finally, Applied Anthropology brings the knowledge
of the other four fields of Anthropology to bear on current social problems. Currently,
the Anthropology Program offers courses in Biocultural and Cultural Anthropology.
Individuals with an education in anthropology find work in a range of professions
because of anthropology’s emphasis on breadth, diversity, and independence of thought.
Training in anthropology prepares students for jobs in business, especially in human
resources, marketing and user-design; social services or health-related occupations
as researchers, community organizers, and administrators; national and international
development agencies and NGOs as consultants or staff members; or in cultural resource
management projects required by federal and state law before major building ventures.
The future marketplace needs the types of global, holistic knowledge that an anthropological
For more information concerning the Anthropology minor program, please contact:
Dr. Arthur Redman, Department Chair
Office: SCI 321