What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of human behavior and cultures around the globe. Anthropology asks, “What makes human beings so distinct? How have we changed over time? What factors (such as biology, culture, or environment) influence the ways we behave? How can we better understand differences between us?” To get at these questions, anthropologists study almost everything, from globalization to healing practices to business transactions.
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.
Anthropology has 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.

This page was last updated on: April 7, 2016