This major consists of a set of core courses that provide a basic foundation in sociocultural anthropology, linguistic analysis, and the relationship between language and culture. In concert with this core, you also select either an African or American focus, with in-depth study of the languages and cultures of one of the two regions.
The degree involves coursework that provides a historical perspective on language. You also develop an investigative perspective through a course in fieldwork. The aim of the program is to guide you to an integrated view of the cultural and linguistic communities of indigenous people in a particular area of the Africa, America, or elsewhere in the world.
You may choose to pursue a general background in anthropology or develop particular interests in one of four subfields: