The anthropology minor is useful for those who wish to work in any field of community studies, social services, heritage management and museum studies, law and government, or education. The courses in this minor cover a broad array of topics such as family systems, political arrangements, religious belief systems and ritual, expressive culture, as well as issues that pertain to race, gender roles and relations and cultural dislocation.
Selecting a minor in anthropology will give you insight into the history and evolution of both ancient and contemporary societies in Western and non-Western civilizations. The coursework at Cedar Crest focuses largely on the study of cultural anthropology, which explores human behavior and how that behavior has changed over time. You will also discuss the rise, fall and advancement of societies throughout the ages, as well as the roots of culture and traditions in various countries.
In addition to being holistic, anthropology is comparative in the sense of examining one society against another. In this mode, the differences across groups become striking. We look for the interconnections between environment and technology, technology and economic systems, economic organization and social organization, and the like.
The anthropology minor focuses on humans and human cultures of the past and the present, addressing the theme of cultural difference, specifically what impels people and groups to believe and act in the way they do and how humankind evolved. The first objective is apparent in each course and cumulatively in the program; the second is heavily emphasized in one course but addressed in many others. The anthropological perspective, duly learned, helps students acquire a more culturally relative outlook on themselves, their home society, and the world.