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Welcome to the Anthropology Program at Juniata College.

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The Anthropology Program at Juniata College, while offering courses for its own sake, takes full advantage of the fundamentally holistic nature of anthropology by offering courses that complement other disciplines, such as the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Environmental Science and Studies Department, the Museum Studies Program. Anthropology also plays a role in the General Education’s Cultural Analysis curriculum. We look forward to building new, and enhancing existing interdisciplinary alliances in the years to come.

Anthropologists can be found serving in many areas of life beyond their own so-called disciplinary boundaries, and anthropology at Juniata prepares students for life in an ever-changing world by exposing them to the rich perspectives offered by liberal arts education.

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About the Program
Anthropology has been described as the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities. Its holistic emphasis provides the breadth needed to discover what makes people human in both physical and cultural terms.

Anthropologists are interested in asking questions about the physical evolution of the human species, playing close attention to adaptation to their environment; what we can take with us from the past into the future; the relationship between language and culture; and how globalizing processes of modernity impact both small-scale and complex societies in terms of kinship, politics, religion, social organization, artistic expression, and language.

The Anthropology Program at Juniata provides tools for students that are useful not only for those who pursue anthropology as a profession, but for any student who wishes to engage life beyond Juniata's gates with curiosity and an appreciation of subtle relational processes binding cultures and societies together.

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Curriculum
After their initial exposure to methodological and theoretical frameworks, case studies, history of the discipline, and the unique interplay between anthropology's four subfields (ethnology, anthropological linguistics, archaeology, and physical anthropology), students will design a capstone research project. They will be well prepared to pursue advanced degrees in anthropology or any of its related areas of study, including cultural ecology, ethnohistory, public policy, legal studies, media studies, health and education.

The anthropology curriculum is based in Juniata College's liberal arts tradition and is designed to provide students with theoretical, philosophical, and problem-solving capabilities that will be necessary in a career in anthropology or any of its related fields of emphasis. Many fruitful interdisciplinary associations have been forged between itself and medicine, environmental studies, education, museum studies, history, criminal justice, legal studies, law, peace studies, political and economic sciences, and public policy studies, among others.

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Learning Opportunities
Faculty incorporate specialized learning experiences into the curriculum including case studies, and opportunities for special projects, research, and lively lectures and class discussion and roundtables.

Students learn professionalism by designing, researching, and formally presenting individual and group projects that explore social, cultural, and archaeological topics under the auspices of the faculty. They are encouraged to participate in collaborative research projects. In addition, students are actively encouraged to present their work at regional and national student conferences.

This year, a couple of students decided to start an anthropology club during the Spring 1999 semester. We will begin a webpage when it gets underway. The club will be another way for students to help broaden their understanding of the field, while, at the same time, being active participants in their own education.

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Career Opportunities
Students who graduate from Juniata with a Program of Emphasis in Anthropology use it as a point of entry into graduate school programs that deal with anthropology, education, arts, business, political science, and history, among others. It provides a broad base from which to better understand cross-cultural and diversity issues in the rapidly changing and globalizing world of the Twenty-first century. Fitting well into the liberal arts tradition, anthropology provides a solid base from which to pursue a career, as well as preparing the student to understand the complexities of the changing world in which we live.

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At present, there is one full-time anthropology professor at Juniata, Dr. Paula L. Wagoner. I will be maintaining this page. I encourage you to explore it. Like culture, society, humankind in general, and the Anthropology Program at Juniata, this page is still a work in progress, but hopefully, most of the major stumbling blocks are being removed. I would enjoy receiving your comments and suggestions for improvement.

Contact Dr. Wagoner at wagonerp@juniata.edu

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