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Anthropology

Minor in Anthropology

        Anthropology is a discipline in the social sciences which focuses on the comparative study of human behavior and cultures. Anthropology asks, “What makes human beings so distinct? How have we changed over time? What factors (biology, culture, etc.) influence the ways we behave? How can we understand the increasing interconnections among societies and the differences between us?” To get at these questions, anthropologists study almost everything, from garbage to monkeys to HIV/AIDS to multinational corporations.           

       Anthropology is made up of four subfields: archaeology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and cultural anthropology.  Each subfield approaches the study of human behavior from a unique perspective, but all the subfields share common goals in understanding  what it means to be human.Courses in Anthropology examine human similarity and difference through case studies of cultural diversity around  the globe and through time. They emphasize the applications of anthropology in understanding present-day social issues like inequality, race,  gender, class, families, migration, borders, warfare, communication, ecology, health and medicine.

       Anthropology shares close ties with the humanities, natural sciences, and even business fields. With its broad perspective and emphasis on critical, cross-cultural thinking, anthropology is widely applicable in many fields of study. Anthropology students go on to use their analytical strength and cultural breadth in many career paths, including public service, law enforcement, business, marketing, healthcare, and education.

Four Subfields in anthropology
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This page was last updated on: February 18, 2014