Areas of Specialization

The Sociocultural Anthropology Wing offers graduate students a choice among three areas of specialization.

Media and Film and Linguistics

Specialists in this subdiscipline study the ways in which various forms of media, including motion pictures, social media and other electronic forms of information dissemination influence individual and social behaviors. This anthropological approach to the study of media explores communication processes, powers of persuasion and societal polarization.

Medical Anthropology

The Society of Medical Anthropology describes this subfield as a discipline that draws upon social, cultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology to better understand those factors which influence health and well being (broadly defined), the experience and distribution of illness, the prevention and treatment of sickness, healing processes, the social relations of therapy management, and the cultural importance and utilization of pluralistic medical systems.

Social Anthropology

Social anthropology is a branch of anthropological study that explores the cultural and social aspects of human communities, with concentration in linguistics, archaeology, ethnography and ethnology. Social anthropologists also examine the social structure of nonliterate societies, and seek to improve understanding about the complexities of social relationships.