Anthropology is the study of the entire human experience, divided into four main subfields — cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, and archaeology. The anthropology program at Mary Baldwin College provides an introduction to all four subfields but focuses most extensively on cultural anthropology. As the study of contemporary human societies, cultural anthropology attempts to describe, understand, and explain cultural practices in all human communities, including our own.
Housed within the interdisciplinary Social and Behavioral Sciences department, students can pursue a BA with a major in Anthropology/Sociology or a minor in Anthropology. The Anthropology/Sociology major is available through the College for Women in Staunton and through the Adult Degree Program in Charlottesville, Rappahannock, Richmond, Roanoke, South Boston, Staunton, Weyers Cave, and Williamsburg.