Anthropology has been described as the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities. Its holistic emphasis provides the breadth needed to discover what makes people human in both physical and cultural terms.
The Anthropology Program curriculum exposes students to:
- Methodological and theoretical frameworks
- Case studies
- History of the discipline
- The unique interplay between anthropology's four subfields
- Cultural anthropology
- Anthropological linguistics
- Biological anthropology
The culmination of the curriculum is a capstone research project designed by the student.
The Anthropology Program curriculum is designed to prepare students to pursue advanced degrees in anthropology or any of its related areas of study, including cultural ecology, primatology, anthropological linguistics, ethnohistory, public policy, legal studies, media studies, health and education, and the like.
The anthropology curriculum is based in Juniata College's liberal arts tradition and is designed to provide students with theoretical, philosophical, and problem-solving capabilities that will be necessary in a career in anthropology or any of its related fields of emphasis.
Many fruitful interdisciplinary associations have been forged between the Anthropology Program and the disciplines of biology, medicine, environmental studies, education, museum studies, history, criminal justice, legal studies, law, peace studies, political and economic sciences, and public policy studies, among others.
Students in Anthropology especially benefit from Juniata College's study abroad and language programs. Many students keep field journals that may later be used as data for an independent study project that delves deeper into a research question that emerged from their experiences abroad.
Faculty incorporate specialized learning experiences into the curriculum including case studies and opportunities for special projects, research, lively lectures, and class and roundtable discussions.
Students learn professionalism by designing, researching, and formally presenting individual and group projects that explore social, cultural, and archaeological topics under the auspices of the faculty. They are encouraged to participate in collaborative research projects, and they are actively encouraged to present their work at regional and national student conferences.