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Bachelor of Cultural Anthropology Expands Global Opportunities for Students of Bridgepoint Education's Ashford University


A Shrinking World will Demand Expanded Cultural Comprehension

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI), a provider of postsecondary education services focused on providing higher access to higher education, has announced that Ashford University is introducing a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology. This degree program focuses on developing students' understanding of a broad range of cultures, and highlights the value of that knowledge to globalized business and interpersonal practices.

As the digital networks that support modern commerce and personal interaction fuel a shrinking world perception, more and more distant communities have become neighbors. Parallel to this trend is the need for increased inter-societal comprehension and social flexibility. Ashford University's BA in Cultural Anthropology is designed to enable that set of skills.

"I am pleased to see that the College of Liberal Arts has developed this program. It's rich in cultural studies and diversity, and highly innovative in its approach," said Dr. Rebecca Wardlow, program director of Ashford's College of Education. "Students who major in Cultural Anthropology will gain an awareness of global citizenship and be well prepared to understand social and cultural differences."

A great breadth of topics are placed within the auspices of the Cultural Anthropology BA, including urban studies, anthropological theory and a variety of specialized disciplines focused on particular cultural niches. The course-load is targeted to spur a student's capacity to grasp the influences and counter-influences of cultural interaction on a global scale, understand the interplay of different societal norms, and assist in growing that insight as an asset in corporate and scholarly endeavors.

The potential role of culture-based anthropological insight has been suggested in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition. The range of career opportunities will be broad, with noteworthy growth in managerial, analytical and consultancy roles, especially for federal and public service employers.

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology is currently available online. This degree does not lead to licensure or certification of any kind.

About Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education's postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education's regionally accredited academic institutions - Ashford University and University of the Rockies - deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.668.2580.

About Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.

Contact: Shari Rodriguez, Associate Vice President of Public Relations

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SOURCE Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

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