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As the comparative, cross-cultural study of human experience and behavior, anthropology is typically divided into four subfields—cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology and linguistics. Transylvania’s program emphasizes cultural anthropology and archaeology and features course subjects that range from human origins and evolution to religion, gender studies, underwater archaeology and Latin American prehistory, among others.
Anthropology students at Transylvania have opportunities for many out-of-class learning experiences, including the chance to do research with professors in the program. Chris Begley, associate professor of anthropology, has taken students to Honduras, Suriname, Guyana, Peru, Iceland, Spain, Albania and elsewhere, involving students in his ongoing research in Croatia, Honduras and Suriname.
Closer to home, students can apply their classroom knowledge to hands-on experience at archaeological digs in Kentucky. Hande Ozkan, assistant professor of anthropology, involves her students in service learning projects in Kentucky and has ongoing research in Turkey.