Maureen Scanlan on “Why Anthropology?”

Maureen Scanlan (Anthropology, Class of 2016) After attending 12 years of Catholic school, where history and religion were romanticized and filtered, my first semester at university demystified many of the social constructs and supposed facts that had been built in to my primary education. After struggling to decide amongst sociology, history, education, or theology, I came […]

Cara Zhuang on “Why Anthropology?”

Cara Zhuang (Anthropology, Class of 2017) As a first-generation Chinese American, my upbringing was characterized by the juxtaposition of two cultures. Caught between my family’s traditions and the influences of American society, my interest in cultural dynamics stems from the desire to understand the construction of various sets of values and how they can conflict […]

India Krawczyk on “Why Anthropology?”

India Krawczyk (Anthropology, Class of 2016) Like a lot of other students, I have a wide range of interests and found myself struggling to pick a major when I began at UVM. I encountered anthropology and felt as though what it had to offer would provide valuable tools to aid me in whatever else I […]

Geneva Morley on “Why Anthropology?”

Geneva Morley (Anthropology, Class of 2016) I was initially drawn to Anthropology because I am extremely interested how people function within the world.  I was previously interested in Psychology, and have always had a knack for being able to understand and empathize with people very easily, and I entered into college believing that I was […]

Avery Lavalley on “Why Anthropology?”

Avery Lavalley (Anthropology, Class of 2016) Entering college, I had no idea what anthropology was. I knew that studying people was what I wanted to do, but no other subject seemed to truly integrate all aspects of the human experience to create a comprehensive understanding of it: history, biology, sociology, psychology, linguistics. An understanding of […]

Catherine Lang on “Why Anthropology?”

Catherine Lang (Anthropology, Class of 2016) I study Anthropology because I am a natural-born observer. I am fascinated with how the relation of space and place influence human interaction. Anthropology and Geospatial Technologies act as a way to visually understand modern human and environmental interaction. Material culture and archaeology allow for the study of the […]

Why Anthropology?

Last fall, Dr. Emily Manetta asked the advanced Anthropology majors who were taking ANTH 205 Senior Proseminar why they majored in Anthropology and what it meant to them. Many of them wrote about the way in which they learned about the major, and where they hoped to take it in the future. Some addressed why […]