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Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human cultural and biological diversity and change.  It tries to answer such questions as:

  • how do different cultures interact with and influence one another in a global society?
  • how do cultures in the past and present change?
  • what social and cultural circumstances predictably generate similar cultural responses to phenomenon?
  • why and how do cultures vary around the world?
  • what is common among all humans?
  • where and how did humans evolve?
  • how are humans continuing to evolve?

Anthropologists also apply the field's methods and accumulated knowledge on cultures (past and present) to help people address important social issues. In the past, many anthropologists studied only non-western cultures. Today, anthropologists work in all social and global contexts, both rural and urban.

Most anthropologists specialize in one or more subfields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and applied anthropology.

For more information on Programs: Majors and Minors; and courses offered vist the Catalog site for Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology.