Cultural Anthropology | Webster University

Cultural Anthropology


Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

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18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/Global Languages, Cultures and Societies Department and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

For information on the general requirements for a minor, see Minor under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the history and theory of cultural anthropology, characterize various types of ethnographic work and describe the ways applied anthropology can be used to solve human problems.
  • Evaluate and critique the assumptions, purposes, methods and ethics of anthropological fieldwork and research.
  • Illustrate the centrality of culture in the human experience and apply this understanding to a range of social problems such as class, caste and stratification, race, ethnicity and nationalism, and the unequal access to social resources that emerge from these systems.
  • Distinguish individual, social and cultural frames of analysis through the use of social and anthropological theory.
  • Demonstrate through the verbal and written forms a multicultural and cross-cultural perspective of our world, and distinguish the factors contributing to diversity and inequality within and among nations.
  • Understand our human past and the history of human civilization through archaeological concepts, theories and methods.

Special Requirements

In addition to the general University requirements for a minor:

  • Students who transfer in ANSO 1060 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology must take an additional 3 credit hour ANSO elective at Webster University.

Required Courses

  • ANSO 1060 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)
  • ANSO 2200 Peoples and Cultures (3 hours)
  • ANSO Electives (12 hours, of which 6 hours are at 3000-level or above)