Anthropology of Globalization (BA)

Exploring Interconnected Worlds

Anthropology of Globalization stands as an innovative option within the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, offering students a unique exploration into the multifaceted dimensions of today’s interconnected global landscape. While pursuing this option is not mandatory, it presents an exciting opportunity for those eager to delve into the complexities of our globally integrated world.

Unveiling Global Dynamics

This option delves into various aspects of our contemporary, interconnected world, encompassing economic transactions, the impact of new media, human migration patterns, and the dissemination of knowledge. What sets our program apart is our dual focus on present-day multicultural exchanges and an in-depth examination of the historical underpinnings of these processes across human evolution. Emphasizing the intersection of social practices and historical insights, our program seeks to enrich perceptions of modern global exchange.

Exploratory Approaches

Our curriculum amalgamates diverse approaches. Sociocultural anthropology investigates global trends from diverse geographic perspectives, scrutinizing prevalent structures of power and mobility using ethnographic data and historical analysis. Archaeology contextualizes contemporary phenomena by examining material evidence of human existence, deciphering long-term patterns in power dynamics, identity, and social interaction pivotal in understanding modern global practices. Biological anthropology traces the global movement of people, genes, and diseases, unraveling ancient migration paths and human diversity that influences various traits, including disease susceptibility.

Preparation for a Connected World

The interdisciplinary blend of sociocultural, archaeological, and biological anthropology equips students with a distinctive toolkit to study multiculturalism, diversity, and global exchanges. It primes them to actively engage in an increasingly interconnected world.

Nurturing Global Perspectives

Students at UW bring diverse global experiences, and Seattle’s historical role as a pivotal point in Pacific and American coast exchanges enriches this narrative. The Anthropology of Globalization option contextualizes students’ individual encounters with globalization within broader global transformations.

Career and Academic Prospects

This option prepares students for diverse career trajectories, spanning business, human rights, immigration advocacy, non-governmental organizations, and further studies in anthropology, law, politics, economics, philosophy, and critical thought. The rising recognition of anthropology’s value in the business world, as noted in the Puget Sound Business Journal, underscores the broad applicability and relevance of this discipline.

Curriculum Focus

Courses in archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, and biological anthropology illuminate cross-border exchanges of artifacts, knowledge, migration patterns, legal frameworks, and genetic influences. These explorations, anchored in historical and regional contexts, enrich students’ comprehension of emerging global circulation dynamics.

Anthropology of Globalization (AG) option requirements

AG students are asked to take the following courses to complete their 55 anthropology credits:

Core Coursework (Required):

  • Complete core anthropology courses: BIO A 201, any 5-credit 200-level ANTH course, and any 5-credit 200-level ARCHY course.
  • Complete one statistics course chosen from CS&SS/SOC/STAT 221, STAT 220, STAT 311, Q SCI 381, or ARCHY 495.

Specific Courses Required for AG (Totaling 20 Credits from the Following List):