Rachael Miller

My English and Anthropology majors, though a seemingly strange combination, actually complement each other well.  Anthropology, the study of humans, takes an in-depth look at people interacting in different cultures: in their daily activities, their thought processes, and their arts—including their literature.  Anthropology has given me insights into the historical periods represented by the literary texts we study in my English classes; I can examine the ways that characters interact with one another in a cultural framework, to better understand the significance of their actions; and I can think more critically about the how an author’s time period and culture shape a literary work (and vice versa).  Though it is a lot of work, being a double major is completely worth it.

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