Service and outreach objectives of the Department of Anthropology involve the appreciation of diversity within American society, as well as cross-cultural and international education and understanding. These objectives basically are met in two ways:
- By bringing knowledge to individuals or groups; and
- By taking people into cross-cultural or international settings.
Interdisciplinary and interdepartmental activities constitute a fourth major mission objective. Anthropology faculty are leaders, as well as regular and active participants, in several interdepartmental and interdisciplinary endeavors. These programs include American Indian Studies, Sustainable Agriculture, Linguistics, Religious Studies, and International Studies.