Hafa Adai and Welcome to the Anthropology Program at the University of Guam!
The Anthropology Program at the University of Guam trains students
in four-field anthropology. The Program provides exposure to Sociocultural
Anthropology, Anthropological Archaeology, Biological/Physical Anthropology,
and Linguistic Anthropology. A popular conception of anthropology is of a
discipline that focuses primarily upon exotic ancient societies. Anthropology,
however, investigates the social, cultural and physical dimensions of all human
societies, past and present.
Given Western Micronesia's geographic, historical, political,
sociocultural, human biological and community health realities, Anthropology is
a particularly appealing and relevant program of study at the University of
Guam. The ever-changing dynamics of Guam's contemporary multicultural society,
and the rich historical, cultural, linguistic, and biological heritage 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 collaborative
community-based anthropological and interdisciplinary research.
The Anthropology program examines
issues concerning cultural change, globalization, participant observation,
regional studies, social problems, prehistory, identity and language. Faculty
members are presently engaged in research in archaeology, sociocultural
anthropology, cultural change, identity formation, the anthropology of
performance, religion, myth and magic, language and culture, environmental
anthropology, and landscape archaeology.
Anthropology is an important component of a liberal arts
education, and complements a wide variety of fields in the humanities and
sciences. Our graduates can forge careers in archaeology, cultural resource
management, historical preservation, environmental and human impact assessment,
international aid and development, demography, intercultural communication and
exchange, data analysis, policymaking, analysis and research. Applied
anthropologists work in government agencies, private businesses, community organizations,
independent research institutes, service organizations, the media and as
evaluators or independent consultants for agencies such as the United Nations
and the World Bank.
Full-time Anthropology Program faculty:
Full-time faculty in other Programs, who teach cross-listed Anthropology courses:
Rebecca Stephenson, Professor Emerita of Anthropology
Hiro Kurashina, Director Emeritus of Micronesian Area Research Center (1991-2003)
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