Anthropology is the holistic study of humankind. The discipline is distinctive among the human sciences and humanities in that cross-cultural (comparative inter-regional or global), ecological, and evolutionary perspectives are commonly employed. The four major divisions of anthropology are archaeology, cultural anthropology, anthropological linguistics and biological (or physical) anthropology. A popular conception of anthropology is that it is the study of either ancient or remote and exotic living people. But anthropology, in fact, is concerned with studying the cultural, social and biological configurations of all human societies, past and present.
Given Western Micronesia’s geographic, historical, socio-cultural and human biological realities, Anthropology is a particularly appealing and relevant program of study at the University of Guam. The ever-changing dynamics of Guam’s contemporary multi-cultural society, and the presently under-appreciated heritage (historical, cultural, linguistic, and biological) of the indigenous peoples of the Marianas and Micronesia, situate the University of Guam as an ideal setting for faculty and students to engage in anthropological (and collaborative, transdisciplinary) research. The Anthropology Teaching Laboratory (HSS110) and both microfiche and online web-based access to the Human Relations Area Files at RFK Memorial Library are some of the resources available. The program is focused on the study of culture change, and the biological and cultural history and adaptations of indigenous Pacific populations. Faculty members are presently engaged in research in archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, cultural change, and biomedical anthropology.
Graduating students must be able to demonstrate their understandings and competence in applying the dimensions and determinants of human biological, cultural and linguistic diversity, including:
Required Courses (22 credit hours): AN101, AN203, AN212, AN222, AN413, LN300, and MA385.
Electives (21 credit hours): Upper division Anthropology courses; 6 credit hours may be selected from the following: GE/AN341, LN460, or BI315-315L.
Required Courses (16 credit hours): AN101, AN203, AN212, AN222, and AN332.
Electives (6 credit hours): Upper division AN courses.