Anthropology allows students to reach out and touch history. Through exploration of ruins and the analysis of artifacts, the past comes to life. Learn the origins of societies and understand how humans have interacted with themselves and nature for centuries, shaping how we live today.
How will I focus my studies?
Students in the anthropology minor will select from a list of courses that allow them to choose their own focus. They can find the answer to questions about specific cultures and study how the environment has been affected by humans. They can choose to study ancient societies or spend their time in the field, examining evidence of those who lived long ago.
Richie Rosencrance, Dailey, W.Va.
Major: Anthropology and History
May 2015 graduate Richie Rosencrance took the childhood advice he received from his dad to heart: “Son, don’t wake up every day and hate going to work.” After taking his first anthropology course from Dr. Amy Hirshman, he knew he wanted to be an archaeologist. Since graduation, Richie has worked as a field technician all over the United States: in New England working for a large civil engineering firm, in Vero Beach, FL excavating the remains of a mastodon or mammoth (with a paintbrush!) and currently conducting an archaeological survey at elevations over 7,000 feet in the Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest near Reno, NV. Eventually, he hopes to become a professor and teach in a field school, “showing students the wonder of the past (and how to dig properly, of course).”
Learn more at the Anthropology site