Culture Matters. Dig Deeper!
If you've always wanted to participate in a dig, figure out why people speak different languages, learn why people don't look the same or what DNA really means, or just learn about all diverse peoples of the world, then Anthropology is for you!
Anthropologists study the range of human diversity over the globe and across time by examining culture, archaeology, biology, and language. That means that an Anthropology concentration gives you a broad exposure to ideas and information.
At Parkside, Anthropology is a concentration in the Geography major. Your discovery is unique because of the range of practical experiences, including hands-on fieldwork in archaeology or cultural anthropology. Practice develops critical skills applicable to a wide array of careers and complements your classroom experience. Anthropology has an active student club that takes trips together and will give you support with studying.
Learning in Action
Students have worked on digs that discovered the site of a major fur trading post, Kenosha's first tavern, and the first Anglo settlement in Petrifying Springs State Park. Students have also studied West-African art, the "mysterious" disappearance of Pike Creek through oral histories, and developed social monitoring for environmental outreach to clean our rivers.
CAREERS AFTER PARKSIDE
Students have gone on to graduate and work in anthropology, archaeology, geography, library sciences, and museum studies, as well as other social sciences. Some have become Vista volunteers. Others have jobs in cultural resource management, social work, K-12 education, arts and history museums, as well as a range of jobs in management in various business and state agencies because of their strong research, analysis, and writing skills.
Dr. Joy Wolf
Professor of Biogeography
Dr. Wolf's research interests include biogeography, soils, and fire ecology in forests, wetlands, and grasslands in Arizona, Colorado and Wisconsin, and bird dynamics in coastal forests in the Pacific Northwest. She teaches Biogeography, Landscape Ecology, Dendrochronology, Soil Ecosystems, Field Methods, Geomorphology, Physical Geography and Natural Resources Management. She is the recipient of the 2017 Chancellor's Award for Teaching and Learning Assessment. She is published in over twenty different journals, including Journal of Applied Ecology, and the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.