First, I am a practicing anthropologist with four patents, working in the private sector, making a substantial living. I am far from alone. Intel, Microsoft, Sapient, General Mills and Ford all employ anthropologists. The anthropology programs at DePaul and Wayne State have a focus on business and design. The US Armed Forces, the CIA and the Foreign service employ anthropologists and in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the globe — countless lives being saved.
As to the programs themselves, there isn’t an anthropology degree program in the country that doesn’t require students taking classes in genetics, statistics and biology. In other words, those “hard” courses engineering and chemistry students take. So the idea of a lack of academic rigor is simply absurd.
But this isn’t about academic rigor or the usefulness of the education gleaned from anthropology. The problem is that anthropology asks students to examine the world and the nature of “truth” through a different lens. Anthropology is inconvenient for the Right, just as it is for the Left. Unfortunately for the likes of Gov. Scott, without these seemingly useless approaches to understanding the world, we wouldn’t have a democracy or a republican form of government. We wouldn’t have had the great leaps forward in thought. Which is precisely what these sorts want. They seek a population that blindly accepts the status quo and doesn’t blink when told the world is only 5000 years old. It is about fostering drones and turning the university into a glorified form of trade
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