Anthropology: Individuals, Societies, and Cultures

Why do we set fire to a cake to celebrate birthdays? Why do some cultures celebrate losing baby teeth by throwing the teeth off a roof? Learn how anthropologists analyze cultures’ symbols, languages, and rituals. Anthropologists seek to understand humankind from the beginning of time to the present day. Study classic themes in anthropology such as ethnicity, language, adaptation, kinship, and social stratification. Compare and analyze the similarities and differences between “us” and “others,” both within American culture and abroad. Explore the range of contemporary anthropological work that is taking place in deserts, cities, forensic crime labs, museums, and even underwater archaeological sites.

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Term 2 (July 8–July 28)
Appalachian State University, NC
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Academy