The Institute of Intercultural and Anthropological Studies at Western Michigan University is a multidisciplinary unit that will serve as a home for programs focused on anthropology and interdisciplinary intercultural studies. It will be home to WMU’s existing undergraduate major and minor in anthropology and Master of Art in anthropology, as well as the recently reinstated African American and African Studies major and minor. The institute may also serve as an administrative home for future interdisciplinary, intercultural programs in areas such as Latino/a and Latin American studies or indigenous peoples studies.
In addition, the institute will:
- Foster collaborative teaching, learning and discovery in the interdisciplinary intercultural studies.
- Provide a community, including co-curricular programming and physical space for its programs.
- Stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration in research and creative activities related to interdisciplinary intercultural studies.
The institute, which will be housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, officially launched in fall 2018.