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Anthropology's goal is to document the diversity of ways humans live and have lived throughout the world. Anthropologists go “off road,” working directly with people and their artifacts, to examine their beliefs and values, how they make a living, how they express themselves, how they interact, and how they affect and are affected by the natural world. 

Why is this important?  An increasingly globalized and multi-cultural world requires anthropological knowledge and insight.  Anthropology is essential to students interested in working in both the US and overseas on contemporary issues in areas such as social policy work, international development, public health, community-based advocacy, environmental and social justice, and cultural preservation.

Students in the JMU Anthropology program get to develop their interests by taking a wide range of classes in cultural, linguistic and biological anthropology and archaeology.  At JMU, Anthropology majors can also do individually-driven practical and hands-on research in internships, anthropology labs, excavations and field-schools, and on study-abroad programs.  Join us:  learn what is going on in the world and help to make it a better place.


Check out the fall 2014 Departmental Newsletter!

Alumnae David Godfrey contributes to videoOur alumnae David Godfrey, now a graduate student in Anthropology at the University of South Florida, contributed to this video explaining what many anthropologists do and why anthropology is important. Click here to view the video

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