Culture Change and Globalization

Societies are not static. One focus of anthropology is on the changes that have taken place and are taking place at increasingly rapid rates as colonialism, economic transformations such as neo-liberalism, the media and other factors impinge on communities throughout the world. Our historical archaeologists look primarily at the changes connected to colonialism while socio-cultural faculty look at changes related to new patterns of education, the role of television and film on local cultures, and the massive effects related to what is termed globalization. Whether in Boliva or northern India or on the Navajo reservation, changes are taking place in art, in literatures, in everyday rituals, in gender roles, in medicine, and more.

At Syracuse, courses looking at culture change and globalization tend to be focused on specific regions of the world, as the complex factors of change are also very context-driven and require the in-depth understandings provided by an area focus.

Both undergraduate and graduate students often pursue minors or certificate of advanced standing in the world region on which they are focusing or with certificates such as that in Women and Gender Studies.