Anthropology

What is anthropology? Anthropology is the study of people—their origins, their development, and contemporary variations, wherever and whenever they have been found. Anthropology strives to create a better understanding of human cultural and biological origins and diversity through education and research. Traditionally, the discipline of anthropology is divided into four distinct but highly related branches or subfields: Physical/Biological anthropology, archaeology, anthropological linguistic and cultural anthropology.

Physical/Biological Anthropology - focuses on human as a biological organism, including evolution and contemporary variation.

Archaeological Anthropology - the study of past human cultures through their material remains.

Linguistic anthropology - the study of human communication, including its origins, history and contemporary variation and change.

Cultural Anthropology - the study of living peoples and their cultures, including variation and change. Culture referred to people’s learned and shared behaviors and beliefs.

 

  • ANTH 101: Physical Anthropology and Evolution
  • ANTH 102: Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANTH 145: Field Studies in Anthropology
  • ANTH 198/298: Independent Study of Anthropology
  • ANTH 221/222/223: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 223: Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 230 Native North Americans: Oregon
  • ANTH 231 Native North Americans: Pacific Northwest
  • ANTH 232 Native North Americans

Course Descriptions

Some of the courses are offered online. Please consult the course description or email us for more information.

What I can I do with anthropology degree? Does anthropology have any practical relevance to our everyday lives? Apparently, yes. Anthropology is one of the few areas of study to combine exciting course work with practical career training. Students learn to view human events from a number of perspectives. They obtain and develop the analytical and problem solving skills necessary for any of the careers listed below. 

Beyond getting solid Liberal Arts background with a special awareness and understanding of cultural differences and similarities the application of anthropology can be seen at two levels. Personally, the study of anthropology is important because it enables the individual to better comprehend and appreciate his or her own culture. Professionally it provides a solid education relevant to many career directions that are likely to require further study, such as law, criminal justice, medicine and health services, social services, education, humanitarian assistance, international development programs, and businesses. According to the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the world's largest organization of individuals interested in anthropology: Many anthropologists with master's degrees or bachelor's degrees work for contract archaeology firms at archaeological sites, in physical anthropology laboratories, and in museums in a wide range of areas.

The increasing demand for anthropologists is stimulated by a growing need for analysts and researchers with sharp thinking skills who can manage, evaluate and interpret the large volume of data on human behavior. These jobs might include program director, consultant, planner, market analyst, housing administrator, cross-cultural trainer, social worker, survey researcher, or coordinator of refugee services. Most jobs filled by anthropologists don't mention the word anthropologist in the job announcement; such positions are broadly defined to attract researchers, evaluators and project managers. (See, http://www.aaanet.org/resources/students/anthrodegree.cfm)

The following page links take you to web sites which outline and discuss careers in Anthropology.
http://www.aaanet.org/profdev/careers/

Kassahun Kebede, PhD
Ph.D. in Anthropology, 2012, Syracuse University
M.A. in Social Anthropology, 2001, Addis Ababa University.
B.A. in Sociology, 1996, Addis Ababa University

Contact Information: 
Lampa Hall 03
kassahun.kebede@socc.edu
541.888.1507

Christina Alexander, Professor Emeritus
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, 1993;
M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, 1998, Marylhurst College

Contact Information:
Lmapa 01
calexander@socc.edu
541.888.7255

Sharon Smith, PhD
BA, Sociology (with honors) - California State University
MA, Sociology -University of Kentucky
MA, Library Science, University of Kentucky
Ph.D., Education - Oregon State University

Contact Information:
Toga 103
ssmith@socc.edu
541.396.1799

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