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Why do Peruvians eat guinea pigs? Why did the Aztecs practise human sacrifice? Why do many Amish communities resist modernization? 

These and other questions come to mind when we hear about people in other parts of the world whose practices and values seem quite different from our own.

Anthropology is the study of humans in all their diversity. World-wide, people face similar challenges in their lives as they make a living, raise families, express their creativity, and co-operate in groups. Anthropologists study “culture” - the learned behavior that shapes the responses of groups and individuals to these challenges.  And anthropology studies humans as biological entities who, over time, adapt to the changing physical world around them. 

Anthropology courses at Brescia University College are offered within the Division of Social Sciences. You can sample Anthropology in two half courses offered at the introductory level: 1025F/G Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology, and 1026F/G Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology. Upper-year courses offered at Brescia – 2270F/G Anthropology of the Family, or 2254F/G Women in Prehistory, for example – usually have Social Science prerequisites and help to broaden the perspective of students in many different programs.

If you develop a keen interest in Anthropology after taking the two introductory half courses, a module in Anthropology can be shaped by combining courses offered at Brescia with others available through the Department of Anthropology at UWO. Please consult an academic advisor at Brescia for more information.

Faculty members are:

Dr. Theresa Topic

Courses Taught at Brescia:

Anthropology 1025F/G Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Anthropology 1026 F/G Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology
Anthropology 2234 F/G Andean Prehistory
Anthropology 2254F/G Women in Prehistory
Anthropology 2270 F/G  Anthropology of the Family