Mission and Vision of the Department of Anthropology

Mission and Vision of the Department of Anthropology


The discipline of anthropology examines the full complexity of humankind through scientific and humanistic orientations. In order to develop a holistic understanding of biocultural diversity in past and present human groups, the department is committed to offering the highest quality instruction in the discipline of Anthropology through a curriculum which provides an integrated foundation in the three subdisciplines of biological, cultural, and archaeological anthropology.

Students in the major develop skills in research, theory, writing, and application of anthropological knowledge to enhance academic excellence and professional development. In response to an increasingly complex global job market and anticipated areas of employment growth in the field, the department prepares students for career
success through specific concentrations in Applied Anthropology and Archaeology.

The applied focus of the program prepares students as responsible practitioners who can identify, assess, and offer solutions to social problems in order to serve the changing needs of the Commonwealth and to maximize opportunities in our globalizing world.

Our Vision

  • to be the premier undergraduate program in Anthropology in the PASSHE that prepares students to maximize opportunities for career success in an increasingly competitive and complex global job market.
  • to develop a fundamental understanding of the substantive knowledge base of anthropology, its methods, and theoretical orientations through a holistic orientation towards human diversity.
  • to serve the changing needs of the Commonwealth by preparing students to serve their society as contributing citizens who offer solutions to social problems and promote positive change in local, national, and international contexts.