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Southern Oregon University

Anthropology Mission Statement

Anthropology is the discipline of infinite curiosity about human beings.  It seeks to understand human culture, society, biology and history.  An anthropological perspective encourages cross-cultural engagement and respect for the challenges and nuances of cultural diversity.  As anthropologists, we seek to transform the world through our teaching, service and research.

Our program helps students develop anthropological perspectives and skills.

These include:

  • Understanding and respect for diverse histories and cultural differences
  • Ability to analyze culture, social institutions, power relationships and change processes
  • Development of analytical, research, writing and oral communication skills
  • Appreciation for the importance of ethics, social justice, independent thinking and applied anthropological research