Anthropology Program Overview
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 perspective brings.
Dr. Robert Bionaz, Associate Professor of History
Dr. Suzuko Morikawa, Associate Professor of History
For more information concerning the Anthropology program, please contact:
Dr. Gebeyehu Mulugeta, GSHAA Department Chair
Office: Williams Science Center - Room 321