Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2023

Course Description

In this introductory course, we will explore the methods of inquiry in cultural anthropology, focusing on diverse cultures and seeking both uniqueness and commonalities. Cultural anthropologists employ interaction and observation to learn about people and their cultures, fostering mutual understanding. This course aims to provide fresh perspectives that enhance our appreciation of global diversity and our role within it.

Student Outcomes

Students will be able to . . . ● Understand the concept of culture and analytically apply the ideas of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism. ● Engage with cultural differences by developing an awareness of how people with different cultural backgrounds make meaning of the world differently. ● Identify and analyze structures and institutions that create and sustain inequality and marginalization now and in the past. ● Develop an ability to appreciate diverse worldwide perspectives through the examination of cultural customs and traditions, all while contemplating their own personal values and traditions.