For success in the contemporary world, no matter what profession is chosen, it is essential that students learn how to live and work in diverse communities. What better preparation for life than to study how people are alike and yet different?
Anthropology is the study of the origin, physical, social, and cultural development of humans and the diverse social behavior of humans in the contemporary global world. Anthropologists often conduct research in remote parts of the world to learn about daily life in distant communities. They also bring an important self-reflexive understanding to urban-industrial societies in the West.
Anthropology at Mills offers a unique set of courses designed to provide students with a comprehensive skill-set that stresses intercultural competence and communication, comparative method, flexibility, holism, a tolerance for ambiguity, and a curiosity about, and understanding of, societies different from one’s own. Anthropology courses explore contemporary issues such as education, immigration, race, gender and sexuality, family, religion, poverty, globalization, and power. Classes are also offered in physical anthropology and archaeology.
Students at Mills study closely with professors who have done fieldwork in many foreign lands as well as on home ground. The department also trains students in public interest anthropological research that aids organizations, businesses, and governments in promoting a cross-cultural perspective in their practices and policies.
Anthropology students go on to work in a range of fields. Some, of course, pursue graduate work in the discipline itself while others become professionals in such fields as social work, education, public health, public policy, NGO administration, law, disaster relief, linguistics, forensics, and historical archaeology. Whether students take one course or major in anthropology, an anthropological perspective prepares them to understand and thrive in a rapidly changing, increasingly globalized world.
Mills College’s innovative Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Accelerated Degree Programs allow you to earn a master’s degree in one additional year of study. Combining a master’s degree with a liberal arts undergraduate education prepares you for career success and increased options upon graduation. Mills students in this major should consider one of these options:
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