Anthropology's central aims are to describe, interpret, and make meaningful human behavior in socio-cultural systems. It also seeks to explain the similarities and differences in human behavior patterns among all peoples and cultures, both in the present and the past. Social-cultural anthropology studies human society in the present, using participant-observation, interviewing, and other techniques to understand life in a single culture, a subculture, or a multicultural system.
The African Studies minor is designed to complement several majors. The minor features language competence, with options in several languages used in Africa, as well as courses in history and social sciences. Several options are available, and students interested in this minor are encouraged to consult with one of the coordinators of the program to find the best options to apply to their major.