MIT Anthropology offers undergraduate students exposure to diverse human cultures, providing perspectives relevant to other fields in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and engineering. Our courses also offer intensive introduction to areas of faculty specializations, including social and political organization, the organization and cultures of science and technology, environmental movements and policies, agriculture and food production, religion and symbolism, photography and film, ethics, law and human rights, gender studies, nationalism and ethnic identity, and the profession of medicine and public health.
Undergraduates can major, minor, or concentrate in Anthropology. Students create programs of study with the aid of their primary academic advisors, and their minor or major advisor in Anthropology. Anthropology also offers joint degree programs in combination with engineering, science, or management fields. Please see the catalog for further details.
21A.01 How Culture Works
This course introduces the meanings and uses of the concept of culture with historical and contemporary examples from scholarship and popular media around the globe. Includes first-hand observations, synthesized histories and ethnographies, quantitative representations, and visual and fictionalized accounts of human experiences. Students conduct empirical research on cultural differences through the systematic observation of human interaction, employ methods of interpretative analysis, and practice convincing others of the accuracy of their findings.
Instructors: M. Buyandelger, H. Paxson