Anthropology is the study of us - our past, our present and, to some degree, out future. To understand what ...

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Anthropology is the study of us – our past, our present and, to some degree, out future. To understand what it means to be human anthropologists tend to take a biocultural perspective.  This perspective draws from the social and biological sciences, but also includes the humanities and natural sciences.  This makes anthropology a holistic field of study through which to understand our species.  Traditionally, anthropology is an umbrella of 4 subfields: social-cultural anthropology, archaeological, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.

Why Study Anthropology

Anthropologists are called upon more and more to apply their perspectives and methodology to finding solutions.  Through this applied approach solutions can be reached for various contexts and situations.  From public health to marketing and business, to rural development, anthropology provides a lens through which to understand the full extent and complexity of cultures.

Anthropology empowers and prepares students to embrace the diversity and complexity of our ever-changing world.  Students develop a sense of social and personal responsibility while developing intellectual and practical skills like critical thinking, communication, knowledge-application and problem-solving that are transferrable across professions.

Anthropology at Galen

Galen University is the only tertiary level institution that offers Anthropology as a bachelor’s degree program.  Within this program, we focus on Socio-cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology and Archaeology.  Students have various opportunities to immerse themselves within the three subfields, working with research experts in the field.  Whether it is excavating at one of the hundreds of archaeological sites in Belize, to visiting with different indigenous communities around the country, analysing skeletal remains, or looking at alternative health practices, Galen University’s Anthropology program will expose you to the endless possibilities of the discipline.

Students are encouraged to make this program as multi-disciplinary as possible by choosing a minor from various other complementary programs, such as economics, marketing, environmental science, criminal justice or international business.  Through the exposure of different disciplines, the Anthropology student expands their knowledge-base, which can allow them to access a variety of professions.

Our Club

We are very proud of our Anthropology Club. All students are encouraged to be part of this fun and engaging group. The Club promotes the rich and diverse story of the human experience beyond the classroom by conducted numerous outreach projects in communities and schools. It also hosts various ‘on-campus’ events, such as Los Finados, to educate the Galen community of the various culturally important celebrations. In addition, members raise funds so they can explore our culturally historic region.

Sample Course from the Anthropology Program

Courses that students will take within our program include:

  • Introduction to Maya Prehistory
  • Development from an Indigenous Perspective
  • Human Biological Variation
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Osteoarchaeology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Corporate Anthropology
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Archaeology Field Methods

Career Opportunities

  • National Institute of Culture and History
  • PACT
  • Belize Archives and Records
  • Belize Police Department
  • Various Government Ministries
  • Various NGOs

Some have gone on to teach at Junior Colleges, while others became entrepreneurs.  Other graduates decided to continue with their studies pursuing Master and PhDs in Germany, Netherlands, England, Canada, Taiwan, and the United States.  There are numerous other employment opportunities that anthropology graduates can pursue such as:

  • Consultant
  • Community-based NGOs
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Libraries
  • Public Health
  • Secondary School Teacher (with additional pedagogical training)
  • Corporations

Anthropology is the study of us - our past, our present and, to some degree, out future. To understand what ...