Current courses: Fall 2020

A&S 102: Introduction to Socio‐cultural Anthropology (On the Strange and the Familiar)

What does it mean to be human? Socio‐cultural anthropologists offer a distinctive approach to this question. By immersing ourselves in the strangeness of everyday life, we suspend and question assumptions otherwise taken for granted about the social worlds we inhabit and encounter. Rather than generating a fixed set of ideas, cultural anthropology suggests a distinct way of looking, inhabiting, and interpreting the world. To live within an anthropological perspective is to wonder how cultural practices, beliefs, and norms as well as our ideas about ourselves and others came to be the way they are, to question their meanings and consequences, and to reveal their fabricated nature. This course, therefore, is not only an introduction to an academic discipline but an exposure to an anthropological sensibility—a way of being that will allow you to make better sense of yourself and the world in which you are immersed.


Other courses:

A&S 201: Culture and the Environment



A&S 230: Social Memory

A&S 258: The Anthropology of Violence

A&S 263: Latin American Ethnography 

A&S 390-391: Independent Reading and Research (Ethnographic Methods)

A&S: 495-496: Thesis



Image Credit: Detail, Totonac Women in Papantla Plaza, Photo Lot 80-32. Isabel Kelly Photographs, 1948, National Anthropological archives, Smithsonian Institution