Anthropology Rationale

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The Area of Concentration I have selected for my BGS degree program is Anthropology. My background as a Montessori teacher has been the impetus for the community observation and development approach I've taken to my daily life throughout my career. Dr. Maria Montessori, the founder of the Montessori method, and a person I hold in the highest regard, also studied Anthropology and likewise applied it to the philosophy that would define her legacy.

This semester I had the opportunity to enroll in the BGS colloquia course in Forensic Anthropology lead by Monica Faraldo. It has furthered depended my interest as it encompasses a myriad of elements from humanities, the physical sciences, and the social sciences. The application of those elements along with various cultures, beliefs, and research methods native to the immediate environment you’re conducting research in, is what makes the field so dynamic and so intriguing. Anthropologists have to study not only the immediate subject material, but all the influences of the surrounding environment, and then apply their diverse knowledge of human development toward their investigation. I believe my contribution to the world community will be through groundbreaking, life-changing research in the field of Forensic Anthropology.

Having observed many documentaries that highlighted some of the powerful ways that Anthropologists are working toward resolving human-rights abuse cases gone cold, or working toward developing a sense of democracy and sustainable living in under privileged countries, are all fuel for my interests in Anthropology. Working with my Montessori students on a daily basis over the past 10 years has allowed me to implement a Anthropological approach to their academic day, both by design, and inherent interest.

By further studying anthropology, I will develop the ability to explore, research and understand communities and cultures in a very holistic way and then help make crucial decisions...
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