Anthropology

A teacher working with a studentWhy do Peruvians eat guinea pigs? Why did the Aztecs practise human sacrifice? Why do many Amish communities resist modernization?

These and other questions come to mind when we hear about people in other parts of the world whose practices and values seem quite different from our own.

Anthropology is the study of humans in all their diversity. World-wide, people face similar challenges in their lives as they make a living, raise families, express their creativity, and co-operate in groups. Anthropologists study “culture” – the learned behavior that shapes the responses of groups and individuals to these challenges.  And anthropology studies humans as biological entities who, over time, adapt to the changing physical world around them.

Anthropology courses at Brescia University College are offered within the Division of Social Sciences. You can sample Anthropology in one half course offered at the introductory level: 1025F/G Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology.

If you develop a keen interest in Anthropology after taking the one introductory half course (and completing an additional course in Anthropology at the 1000-level), a module in Anthropology can be shaped by combining courses offered at Brescia with others available through the Department of Anthropology at UWO. Please consult an academic advisor at Brescia for more information.

Faculty members are:

  • Dr. Linda Howie

Course Taught at Brescia:

  • Anthropology 1025F/G – Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology