Anthropology

The Anthropology major seeks to provide a holistic understanding of the diversity of human behavior across time, geography and culture through a distinctly Christian worldview. There are two primary objectives of the program at Biola. First, the program provides students with a solid foundation of the central theoretical concepts in the discipline while providing opportunities to concentrate in one of the sub-disciplines—socio-cultural, linguistic and physical anthropology and archaeology. Second, the program provides students with the practical tools, through an emphasis on field research, to actively bridge cultural differences in order to effectively share the good news of the Gospel and holistically address human problems such as injustice and the effects of globalization on populations around the world.

What will I study?

The heart of the program is the four–field emphasis in Anthropology. Students will not only gain a firm academic foundation but also the tools necessary to be actively involved in using their anthropological skills to address global issues. This program provides training for students planning to enter a variety of fields including research in the area of private and public agencies, social welfare, community and rural development, archaeology, refugee and immigrant assistance and further academic study. There are four concentrations within the Anthropology major. Students will take introductory courses in each of the sub-disciplines and are encouraged to concentrate in one of the four subdisciplines. Students may also consult with their advisor regarding unique concentrations based on career goals.

Concentrations

  • Applied Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Socio-Cultural Anthropology

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Interesting classes I might take

  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Social Organization
  • Gender Roles in International Setting
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What can I do with a degree in Anthropology?

  • Archaeologist
  • Translator
  • Ethnographic researcher
  • Evangelist
  • Anthropological researcher

Why choose Anthropology at Biola?

The core of the program is the four-field emphasis in anthropology. Students will not only gain a firm academic foundation but also the tools necessary to be actively involved in using their anthropological skills to service others. This program provides training for students planning to enter a variety of fields including research in the areas of private and public agencies, social welfare, community and rural development, archaeology, refugee and immigrant assistance for further academic study.

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