Foci of Study for the Major

There are four major foci of study in SoA that reflect the traditional sub-disciplines of Anthropology:

Archaeology
Archaeology seeks to understand human behavior based on spatial, temporal and material evidence from the past. This major is about discovering and understanding past cultures, and formulating explanations for their development and evolution. In addition to accommodating a wide range of studies of forager, village-based, and complex societies, a unique subspecialty within the major specializes on later prehistory and the Classic period.
Faculty, Archaeology

 

Biological Anthropology
Biological anthropology stresses an evolutionary perspective that integrates molecular, population, and species level data to examine human evolution, primate behavior, and human development and adaptability.
Faculty, Biological Anthropology

 

Linguistic Anthropology
Linguistic anthropology explores the complex relationships between language and culture by combining social theory with the analysis of linguistic form, variation in language across time and space, and the social uses of language.
Faculty, Linguistic Anthropology

 

Sociocultural Anthropology
Sociocultural anthropology focuses on the dynamics of society and culture in the recent era. Areas of study in this major are highly diverse and include medical, political, and environmental anthropologies. This rapidly evolving sub-discipline integrates established theoretical and research strengths and a commitment to fieldwork within the major.
Faculty, Sociocultural Anthropology