ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology • 5 Cr.


Cultural anthropologists are social scientists who learn first-hand about other cultures by living with the people under study. Topics may include social organization, economics, power and politics, race and ethnicity, language and communication, technology, religion and ritual, and sex and gender. Wide geographic coverage provides a basis for global comparisons of cultural similarities and differences between human groups. Previously ANTH 202.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Articulate an understanding of the breadth of cultural anthropology and its ties to sciences and humanities.
  • Recognize, identify, and employ the scientific method in cultural anthropology, and to distinguish coherent arguments based on such principles from other claims.
  • Identify critical components in anthropological thought, especially in regard to ethnocentrism and cultural relativism.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of contemporary human cultural variation.
  • Identify and analyze various subsystems of culture, such as subsistence, political organization, kinship, religion, and others.
  • Explain the relevance of the anthropological perspective to global issues and cultural diversity.