- Why Study Anthropology?
- Cooperative Work Experience
- Intersections of Science and Culture
Why Should You Get a Degree in Anthropology?
Anthropology provides students with the tools to better understand the globalized, contemporary world. With one foot in the humanities and the other in social sciences, anthropology is uniquely situated as the discipline to actively engage our shared challenges in all human arenas. Whatever career path a student chooses, anthropology helps change the way we view and interact with our world. The discipline breeds innovation into the daily workings of one's everyday life.
The Associate of Science in Anthropology is for students interested in completing a bachelor's degree in Anthropology at Oregon State University. Students interested in this degree are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Degree Partnership Program (DPP) as there may be lower-division courses required by their chosen discipline that are only offered at Oregon State University. Interested students will choose from one of four sub-disciplines as they move on to OSU: Physical (Biological), Archeology, Linguistics, or Cultural Anthropology.
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The federal government is one of the largest employers of anthropologists outside of the academy. Anthropologists work in cultural resource management, natural resource management, defense and security sectors, language preservation, and international development.
In the private sector, anthropologists use research skills to talk to consumers and users of technology to find out how products and services could be improved to better meet their needs.
Anthropologists also work in local, community-based settings for non-profit agencies. Sometimes these are community-based research organizations, other times these are environmental organizations. There are also a large number of anthropologists that work in disaster relief, advocacy organizations, and education.
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Cooperative Work Experience
Students can gain hands-on experience through our Cooperative Work Experience program in Anthropology. Opportunities include placement at local museums and state agencies. These internships are limited in number, selective, and must be arranged in advance of the term. For more information, please contact Scott McAleer. at firstname.lastname@example.org
Intersections of Science and Culture
Humans have been reliant on technology throughout the course of human evolution. Technology forms the basis of culture: it shapes us, and we shape it. Starting with the fundamental question "what is technology," anthropologists study the underlying assumptions that surround our knowledge of technology and culture. How do culture and technology co-create one another? Today, we have a strong tendency to associate this concept with smart phones and computers; however, anthropology guides us through technological advancements from lithic technology to the internet. Another pertinent question examines whether or not there is room for human diversity in the current systems of technology that have come to dominate our lives. How is technology currently shaping the human condition and lived experience?
Childbirth provides one of many examples to examine the intersections of technology, culture, and science. The physiological experience of childbirth may be universal, but the experience and medical practices surrounding birth vary from culture to culture, illuminating cross-cultural health beliefs and practices. For example, the Dutch view childbirth as a natural process that often takes place at home with no pain medication. In the Yucat & #225;n, Mexico, Mayan women labor with their midwife and extended family present, usually while resting in a hammock. Birth is perceived as incredibly difficult yet without fear; a process that transforms a woman into a mother. In Sweden, delivery rooms in the hospitals are very quiet, with women deciding whether to use and administer their own pain medication. In the United States, birth is typically a highly medicalized, technological event where patients are admitted and monitored. The medical staff administers pain medication. We study examples of other cultures, which helps us better see, understand, and reflect on our own.
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