As an anthropology major or minor, you can explore all the wide-ranging courses in our curriculum or concentrate in two new concentrations at the intersection of Medical Anthropology (Health and Culture) and Business Anthropology (Design and Exchange).
Health and Culture
By specializing in this unique medical anthropology concentration you learn cultural and biological insights that shape human experiences of pain, illness, and healing. The anthropology of health and culture investigates the social, political, and economic contexts that shape health practices and medical systems. These perspectives provide unique career advantages for many organizations including hospitals, museums, governments, NGOs, and international agencies. For global and community health careers, a background in medical anthropology is invaluable for doctors, epidemiologists, health care specialists, public health professionals, research scientists, and many other fields
Brochure for the health and culture concentration
- Susan Blum sustainability and food, wellbeing, childhood and education, global justice
- Catherine Bolten human-animal entanglements, global health, food and ecological security
- Tracie Canada anthropology of sport, African-American ethnography, institutions of higher education
- Lee Gettler biological anthropology, neurobiology, behavioral endocrinology, reproductive physiology
- Cara Ocobock human biology, biological anthropology, energetics, ecological physiology, thermoregulation
- Mark Schurr stable isotope analysis, archaeological chemistry, human adaptation
- Susan Sheridan biological anthropology, diet and disease, health and adaptation
- Vania Smith-Oka medical anthropology, globalization & health, ethnomedicine, anthropology of reproduction
"My experience as an ND Anthropology major has been invaluable... Working at a hospital that treats underserved communities, my anthropology experience has allowed me to realize the diverse worldviews of those I am caring for, enabling me to give the patient and their families the best care possible."
This concentration specializes in the intersection of trade, exchange, and design by studying organizational behavior and cultural practices of consumption. Business anthropologists work with for-profit and non-profit organizations, such as technology companies and humanitarian agencies as well as with local, state, and federal government and non-government organizations.
Brochure for the business anthropology concentration
- Maurizio Albahari immigration and its political economy; international relations
- Christopher Ball political economy of language, possession and exchange, Amazonian development
- Susan Blum education and economics, food production and consumption
- Alex Chávez music consumption, immigration, and Latinas/os in the United States
- Meredith Chesson material culture, consumption, socioeconomic inequality, and heritage studies
- Donna Glowacki archaeology of development, sustainability, and exchange
- Mark Golitko social networks, human-environment systems, archaeometry, social network analysis
- Eric Haanstad global media, transnational security, organizational culture, and cultural marketing
- Ian Kuijt social inequality, historical and archaeological trade networks, visual production
- Rahul Oka development, economics, trade and exchange, network analysis, poverty
"My anthropology training at ND was the key to my success during my tenure at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It informed how I shaped scientific programs so that they could successfully move into the field testing and then scaled deployment."