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Social-cultural Anthropology seeks to study the diversity of human societies in time and space, while looking for commonalities across them. It values linking local and global, past and present understanding of human societies using a holistic approach. By looking at human societies in a holistic manner, Social-Cultural Anthropology offers a series of approaches to understanding contemporary challenges.
Our department represents a rich discipline engaged in and contributing to issues of significance in diverse human societies. Our faculty's interests range from understanding the interaction between contemporary societies and their environments to social processes of exchange and value, globalization, gender, kinship and ethnicity, migration and transnational movements, nationalism and identity, religious practice, ritual and celebration , visual and performing arts, tourism, health, foodways, the interactive practice of ethnography and the links between academic and applied work. Courses in our department are organized to provide students with key concepts and methods of the field while addressing contemporary issues relevant in the US and abroad.