Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants


Teaching Anthropology is not a Sin: Emphasizing the Practical Aspects of the Anthropology Major


Anthropology Department


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Social and Behavioral Sciences


As neoliberal approaches to higher education continue to intensify, anthropology departments have come under particular scrutiny by politicians, journalists, and others questioning the value our programs. This paper explores how one department has responded to these pressures by proactively creating opportunities for students to put their anthropology training to use. By crafting internship programs, creating hands-on research projects, and partnering with other offices and programs on campus to solve real-world problems, Grand Valley State Universitys Anthropology Department is not only demonstrating its value to the wider community but also equipping its students with marketable skills to sell in todays job market.

Conference Name

Continuinity and Change

Conference Location

Pittsburgh, PA

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