Anthropology is a discipline concerned with how humans and human societies evolve through cultural and biological processes. Anthropology integrates a wide range of perspectives on human behavior, culture, and society. Students of anthropology at Florida Gulf Coast University learn the basic concerns and approaches through four sub-fields of the discipline: archaeology, physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and anthropological linguistics.
Both a major and minor in anthropology are offered in this program. The anthropology major is for anyone interested in working with people in all of their cultural diversity, solving social problems, teaching social sciences, and examining human behavior and biology from an evolutionary point of view.
The Anthropology Program at Florida Gulf Coast University prioritizes learning through experiences within and beyond the classroom. The degree requires a total of 120 credit hours. During the first 60 credit hours, students complete lower division and general education requirements. The balance of program occurs in the context of core courses in the discipline, theory and research courses, topic and area courses and internship or study abroad experiences. Anthropology students are required to take 8 credit hours of appropriate college-level courses in foreign language and they will experience and reflect on life and language through cross-cultural immersion. Students will provide appropriate accounts of these experiences as a part of their course of study.