Maya Glyphs

"True insight depends on the laborious unraveling of many historical strands."

John Anderson

Maya Historian

Welcome to Cultural Anthropology

     Anthropology is different from other disciplines because it introduces students to a holistic way of study, using many sub-disciplines in order to interpret empirical data in the broadest possible sense. The four main disciplines of anthropology are:

              Physical Anthropology, also called Biological Anthropology

              Cultural Anthropology

              Linguistic Anthropology


     The core concept of the discipline of anthropology is culture.  Culture is learned, shared, symbolic, integrative, and dynamic – never static.  Studying a multitude of cultural concepts enables students to view the complexity of world cultures through a wider lens.  Anthropology is a relevant discipline pertinent to many areas of research.  Upon completion of Anthropology 2/Cultural Anthropology, student learning outcomes will include the following:

1.  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of human cultural diversity.

2.  Be able to discuss the benefits/limitations of various methodologies used 

     by cultural anthropologists, especially participant observation.  

3.  Explain the importance of cultural relativism in the analysis of global

     diversity, and discuss how this perspective differs from ethnocentrism.

4.  Define the concept of culture, and differentiate between cultural and

     individual perspectives of the world.

5.  Demonstrate an understanding of holism, or the interrelationship

     between different aspects of a culture.

6.  Identify and outline the anthropological framework of kinship, political,

     social, economic and religious systems in a global context.

7.  Critically analyze the process of globalization and its effects upon

     cultures around the world.

8.  Articulate an anthropological perspective on current issues and

     concerns in the field of cultural anthropology.