Frequently asked questions
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2. What is difference between sociology and anthropology?
Sociology is the scientific study of human social behavior. Sociologists study the processes and patterns of individual and group interaction, the forms of organization of social groups, the relationships among them, and group influences on individual behavior. Focus is given to the understanding of group or other collective factors in human behavior.
Anthropology is the study of humankind. To incorporate all aspects of the human experience, anthropology has four major subdisciplines: Physical Anthropology, the study of the biological evolution of humans; Archaeology, the study of the evolution of culture; Linguistic Anthropology, the study of human languages; and Cultural Anthropology, the study of the variations and similarities of human behavior cross-culturally. The department offers introductory courses in all four subdisciplines but the major focus is in cultural anthropology.
3. What is the main focus of Mansfield Universitys Anthropology Program?
At Mansfield University, anthropology is a dual Sociology/Anthropology degree program. It prepares students for a variety of careers in our increasingly multi-cultural society by teaching students critical thinking and evaluation skills, and providing the tools to learn appropriate research methods and analysis. The major is especially strong in social research methods for which there is an ample job market. Students are encouraged to choose a concentration in either Sociology or Anthropology, but a broad based, liberal education in both and interdisciplinary studies outside the department is strongly recommended. The program is designed to allow students maximum flexibility to pursue their interests and career goals and combines easily with other minors in other disciplines.
4. What applied component Mansfield Universitys anthropology program has? Are there opportunities to be involved in research?
Anthropology can be applied e.g. compile research data, create theories and methods to identify problems, and assess and solve contemporary social problems in different fields including medical sectors. The Anthropology program at Mansfield University focuses on medical and applied research. Currently a faculty-student joint research on Impact of Radon Gas on People living in Mansfield, PA is underway. The Anthropology program is also involved in projects abroad.
5. Are there opportunities to study abroad? When is the next study abroad program in anthropology?
There are programs to study abroad. Students can go to different countries around the world to study different populations. As a new program component, there is a plan to send a team of students who will go to Bangladesh to conduct ethnographic research in summer 2008. The study will look at current health services, people's knowledge and practice of traditional healing medicine, and the conflict and overlap between them. Students interested in faculty-student joint research or study in abroad can contact the anthropology faculty at email@example.com
6. Where can I participate in ethnographic research?
There are ethnographic research courses, field study courses
and applied anthropology courses offered at the Mansfield University.
As part of the courses students are required to conduct ethnographic
research in the local community as well as in another country.
They also can conduct an ethnographic survey as an independent
7. How many courses do
I need to complete in order to obtain a bachelors degree
here to view the Mansfield catalog page for the Anthropology
ANH-4480 is a seminar on the history and development of anthropological thought from social evolution through post-processual theory. The course covers both macro and mid-range theories and current trends in the anthropological perspective. Prerequisites: Upper-class standing in the anthropology/sociology major. Credits: 3
ANH-4490 is supervised field work in any sub-discipline
of anthropology: physical, archaeology, linguistic, or cultural
anthropology. Each students research proposal will be individually
arranged. Prerequisites: Upper class standing in the anthropology
tract of the sociology/anthropology major, or permission of the
These courses are designed to give the student professional
experience in the field of anthropology before graduation. The
students will conduct research in an area of their choosing,
with guidance from their instructors.
9. What courses are cross listed for a double major?
Currently following courses are cross listed with anthropology.
ANH 1102 (=BSC 1104) Human Evolution
10. Can I minor in anthropology? How many courses would I need to complete?
There is a five year course rotation schedule 2007-2011. Please visit the course rotation page.
13. What graduate school offer MS and PhD in anthropology?
14. Is there an anthropology club?
There is an anthropology club at Mansfield University. The club is considered as a home for leaders. The club implements several programs involving its members. Anthropology-sociology majors and other interested students become members of the club to maximize their social and academic achievements.
15. What kinds of activities are sponsored by the club?
A variety of field trips are arranged each year by faculty and the Anthropology Club.
16. Who should contact if I have further question?
If you have questions not covered in the frequently-asked-questions or you would like to share your comments regarding the Anthropology program please contact:
Phone: (570) 662-4482
Ms. Gayle M. Kreitzer