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Sociology and Anthropology

Major in Anthropology

If you find yourself watching people and fascinated by why they do what they do, then anthropology may be the major for you! As a Linfield Anthropology major, you will develop many skills, including interviewing, techniques such as ‘deep hanging out,’ and archaeological methods to research people in our own and other cultures, past as well as present. Anthropology teaches you skills to prepare for a volatile and uncertain future, understanding people in all their complexity, and to use those skills in a wide range of careers in settings where your knowledge will have impact, such as healthcare, education, government, museums, and business.
Anthropology majors at Linfield might take:
ANTH 203
Human Adaptive Strategies
From tropical forests to deserts to tundra, learn how different cultures interact with nature, examining the terrific story of humanity’s transition from food foraging to agriculture, industrialism and future adaptive strategies. Understand scientific, policy, and cultural implications of environmental crises at both local and global scales.
SOAN 232
Medicine and Culture
Explore how people experience health and illness in different ways based on their cultures. Learn about witchcraft, taboos, and other forms of blame and shame related to illness as well as rituals for modifying the body and for healing, including not only how widely they vary cross-culturally but also what they have in common.
ANTH 255
Museums: Objects & Artifacts
Learn about how human cultures are represented in anthropology museums, and collaborate with your classmates to create an exhibit in our own anthropology museum. Also, visit tribal, historical, provincial, state and nation museums in the Pacific Northwest.
For more information about studying Anthropology, contact: Admission.