A BA in Anthropology broadly introduces students to the traditional subfields of the discipline and covers a broad range of geographical places and peoples, historical time periods, human biological adaptations and changes to societies and cultural practices.
Archaeology is a diverse discipline that employs a multitude of historical and scientific methods to study past societies through physical remains, or "material culture," with the goal of explaining development and change. This subfield also studies the historical development of human cultures by analyzing cultural remains.
Cultural anthropology is the study of shared and transmitted beliefs, behaviors and products within human societies. Studies in this subdiscipline are descriptive, historical and comparative. Students develop increased awareness and understanding of the remarkable similarities among all peoples, as well as the diversity and complexity of human communities across the globe, and the importance of their interrelationships in a globalized and connected world.
Physical anthropology is the study of the origins, adaptations and evolution of our own species and of our primate relatives.
Students studying in cultural or physical anthropology may choose the pre-medical/pre-dental concentration in preparation for application to professional schools of medicine and dentistry or graduate study in medical anthropology. The concentration involves a series of recommended courses that may be used to satisfy most regular departmental requirements.