Anthropology trains your mind to observe and question how and why people are the way they are. In learning how to question others from a non-ethnocentric point of view, you learn to question yourself in the same way and to step farther back and observe yourself. Anthropology mirrors fundamental human longings and needs so that you can take a solid look at them.
We have all had a thirst for this kind of knowledge for thousands of years, and we have developed community and ritual to satisfy it. Anthropology helps us connect with ourselves and each other in a deep way.
My name is Christina Pettit and I am working towards my Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis on Archaeology. Over the last year, I have taken a half dozen courses from the Anthropology Department, and there are a dozen more I would love to take! The variety of classes available at Normandale far surpasses those at other community colleges. In addition to learning about a wide variety of subjects, I believe that the faculty in this department are some of the best. Their levels of enthusiasm and knowledge about their subjects makes for engaging, fun and informational classes. In addition to the offered courses, there are outside opportunities to learn more about the field of Anthropology. Some classes offer a special presentation by an expert in the field, this year I attended a travel course (an archaeological tour of Ireland and England) and every year there is an Anthropology Day Film Festival that highlights several documentaries about various cultures.
My experiences with anthropology have changed my life and how I perceive the world. I have learned about the history of civilization and medical anthropology; I have toured ancient ruins only read about in class and I believe that the opportunities available in this field are endless and applicable to so many other areas of study. I am confident that I will enter my next step knowing that I am extremely well prepared and ready for the next adventure!
The Instructors in the Anthropology Department head up one of the most fascinating, educational, and enthusiastic departments! Interested in learning about hominid and human prehistory, visiting museums, or going on archaeological digs? Then choose from the full list of Anthropology classes offered for this coming semester, including the Field School, like I did, and I guarantee you will enjoy this fabulous learning environment! Sign up today!