College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of History and Anthropology

Overview of Anthropology at Butler

The expansive discipline of anthropology explores the human condition with a range of perspectives and approaches, appreciating humans as both biological and cultural creatures. The primary focus of our program is Cultural Anthropology, which studies the ways that humans create meaning, forge alliances, assert differences, and both reinforce and create anew social and political hierarchies and vectors of inequality. Throughout the curriculum, students are trained to critically read and understand the complexities of ethnography-the qualitative research method and product that defines the discipline. They also have the opportunity to produce their own original ethnographic work in course research assignments as well as larger honors thesis projects, which may be the outgrowth of study abroad, field school, or internship experiences. Knowledge acquired by students in the theoretical frameworks and methodological means for understanding and analyzing cultural institutions, practices and phenomena will help prepare students for future careers spanning from non-profit work, to health care, to education and business. Program majors will also be well prepared for advanced graduate study in Anthropology and other social sciences, and professional programs ranging from Public Health, to Social Work, to Business or Law School.

 Which courses will I take?

An Anthropology curriculum might include, but not be limited to, some of the following courses:

Required Courses

Electives

AN101 First Year Departmental Seminar

AN304 Medical Anthropology

SW215 Introductory Anthropology

AN 313 Nation-States and Nationalisms

GE 109 Cultural Geography

AN 320 Gender and Sexuality in Global Perspective

300-level Subfield Course

AN 328 Japanese Popular Culture

Anthropological Methods (352, 354, or 356)

AN 342 Science, Technology & Society

AN 390 Development of Anthropological Thought

AN346 Native American Cultures

 AN 460 Capstone Seminar or Honors Thesis

AN 368 Coming of Age in the Middle East

Internship, advisor approved elective, or field school

AN380 Youth & Conflict in Global Cinema

AN380 Imagining Latin American Cultures

 

 
What skills will I develop?

Anthropology majors are trained to research topics, read complex material, critically evaluate information, and write cogent analyses of their findings. Throughout our curriculum students are trained to critically read and understand the complexities of ethnography-the qualitative research method and product that defines the discipline. They also have the opportunity to produce their own original ethnographic work in course research assignments as well as larger honors thesis projects, which may be the outgrowth of study abroad, field school, or internship experiences. Anthropologists need to develop their own thoughts and draw their own conclusions and often challenge or overturn long-held assumptions or ways of doing things-skills critical in dynamic and rapidly changing careers. Like many Liberal Arts degrees, the skills you learn in Anthropology courses are "transferable" skills and can be transferred from one career to another.

 What career opportunities are there for someone with this degree?

The Anthropology degree is versatile. Graduates can work in education, government, social services, high-tech, health care, museums, the non-profit sector, consulting, product design, and a wide range of other business-related fields. Equipped with strong research, writing, analytical, and communication skills, anthropology graduates are immediately employable in a range of professions, including as teachers, curators, urban planners, writers, professional researchers, non-profit employees, and human resource specialists. Individuals who combine their anthropology skills with additional professional or technical schooling often prove themselves to be some of the most competitive candidates in their chosen field, whether it be as a doctor, lawyer, social worker, business consultant, public health administrator, designer, psychologist, engineer… and the list goes on. Here are what some recent Butler graduates are doing with their degrees:

University Faculty

ESL Instructor

Brain Researcher

Public Health
Researcher

University Administration

International Economic Consulting

High School Teacher

Lawyer

Peace Corps

Social Worker

Medical Doctor

Teach for America

 
Where can I get more information?

Department of History & Anthropology
Butler University
317.940.9230
jhendri1@butler.edu or

Dr. Elise Edwards, Dept. Chair
Associate Professor of Anthropology
317.940.9743