Cultural Anthropology



Administrative Assistants


Academic Advisor



  • McArthur, Phillip H. (1995) B.A. 1987, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1989, Indiana University; Ph.D. 1995, Indiana University.


Associate Professors

  • Ka'ili, Tevita (2005) B.S. 1993, Brigham Young University–Hawaii; B.S. 1996, University of Utah; M.S.W. 1998, University of Washington; M.A. 2003, University of Washington; Ph.D. 2008, University of Washington.


Special Instructor

  • Walker, Rebekah (2006) B.A. 1999, Brigham Young University–Hawaii; M.A. 2015, University of California Santa Barbara.

Programs Descriptions

Anthropology represents a comparative and holistic study of the human condition past and present. The historical (mythological, physical, and archaeological) and ethnographic (socio-cultural and linguistic) methods offer a unique cross-cultural perspective on humankind anciently and today. Our goal is to sharpen critical and analytical thinking about cultural differences and similarities through careful and in-depth studies of particular cultures, and then through a comparative approach, explore underlying cultural processes in the past as well as those within current regional and global trends. We also hope to explore culturally sensitive applications of Anthropological understanding to indignity, social inequalities, development and transcultural relations. By studying these processes in a variety of cultural and historical contexts, we will gain not only an appreciation of "others," but discover an "otherness" in ourselves.

This Cultural Anthropology Major will provide students with a range of knowledge concerning cultural studies and sociocultural systems. Students will start with the basics focusing on contemporary applications of Cultural Anthropology and then proceed to encounter topics ranging from Hawaiian Cultures to Oceanic Societies to Current Issues in Anthropology and to Applied Anthropology. While gaining this knowledge, students will also obtain a thorough review of historical, social, and cultural theories that have informed anthropological inquiry and practice.

Programs and Degrees

  • B.A. Cultural Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology Minor

Programs Outcomes

Upon completing a major in Cultural Anthropology, students will:
  • Demonstrate working competency in cultural literacy and cultural diversity.
  • Appreciate cultural differences and develop problem solving skills.
  • Think critically.
  • Cultivate curiosity for life-long learning and leadership.
  • Understand the application of anthropological knowledge, theories and methods to the solutions of societal problems.
  • Articulate and sustain views through verbal and written discourse.
  • Be well prepared to enter graduate school or employment.