Hello, it's a pleasure to meet you. My name is Andrew Hayes, and I teach several courses in the Anthropology Department here at MJC. Anthropology
is the study of human beings: our history, prehistory, and present cultural diversity [read more here
]. We study everything that makes human beings unique as a species, and offer ourselves as mediators across lines of cultural misunderstanding, language confusion, and perceived divides between science, culture, religion, and politics. We are equally committed to scientific rigor
in our methods, and empathetic understanding
of the human condition in our publication and conversations. For this reason, we are part of both the School of Science and Mathematics
and the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences
. I am the faculty liason for the department in both of these Schools, and welcome you to get in touch with me if you have any questions about my discipline, our department, or where they might fit in to your personal plan of academic study and eventually to your career in human studies or services.
If you are interested in the physical sciences primarily, you may be interested in pursuing a career in Biological Anthropology or Archaeology, where you can study the human past and the current biological properties of the human race.
If you are more interested in the social sciences, you might consider a career in Cultural Anthropology or Linguistic Anthropology (my specialties!). This can be the first step in a career of public service or professional research into cultural life.
If any of these spark your interest, enroll in an introductory course! We teach intro classes on all four of our basic subfields, and you can take them in any order, with no prerequisites. Another fun way to get acquainted with the field is our popular Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion class, in which religious issues are covered from a broad systematic perspective that uses all four of anthropology's subfields to untangle this complex issue in a holistic way. Some other fun offerings are our specialty classes on Forensic Anthropology (that's how you start if you want to do CSI things like on "Bones") or Native Peoples of North America (a primer to the unique traditional cultures of the US, Canada, and Mexico, again using a broad set of information from archaeology, history, and ethnography).