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» Minor in Anthropology

The minor in Anthropology at Chapman University focuses on cultural anthropology; the study of shared meanings gives us tools for relating across cultures and understanding our rich heritages and traditions. It is a perfect partner for those pursuing degrees in Sociology, Business, Film, or Natural and Physical Sciences. We interact with people from all over the world in our professional lives. Anthropology provides tools that are essential for success whether you are providing services, doing business, marketing or researching. Cultural anthropology implements Chapman University's commitment to global citizenship.

Anthropologists at Chapman study areas as diverse as American Indian culture, popular culture, language, media, folklore, gender, race, ethnic studies, and visual culture. Students have opportunities to study culture in locations from Disneyland to Africa, and from American Indian Reservations to Europe.

The common goal that links diverse and different anthropology research projects is the advancement of the knowledge of who we are, how we came to be that way - and where we may go in the future. (See More)

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ANTH 335: Disneyland: The Anthropology of Space and Place

Why do people go to Disneyland? Why do they behave the way they do when there? The anthropology of space and place is designed to give students the opportunity to observe and participate in mini-ethnographic fieldwork. Disneyland is the setting.

The basic assumption of this course is that behavior is culturally constrained by people and things. In the simulated environment of Disneyland, how do people integrate and perform the behaviors they have learned? The architecture, setting, and other social factors of Disneyland encourage certain behaviors and create expectations that allow consumers to be happy while waiting in endless lines, paying exorbitant prices for things, and being herded through the park.

What exactly makes Disneyland the "Happiest Place on Earth"? (See More)