What is anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of humankind; it seeks answers to the question: What makes us human? Anthropology is concerned with exploring the evolutionary origins of our species, investigating the emergence of cultures and cultural traditions, over space and time, and understanding the ways in which contemporary humans and human societies experience and make sense of the world around them. Given the vast nature of the subject area, anthropology is divided into four fields: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Our department encourages students to take courses across the fields, to gain an appreciation for all aspects of the discipline. We offer an undergraduate major leading to either the B.A. or B.S. degree in anthropology. We also offer a minor in anthropology.

Why major or minor in anthropology?

Anthropology provides students with knowledge of and appreciation for the biological, linguistic, and cultural diversity of humanity, past and present. We are committed to supplying students with a broad, well-rounded education, and a wide range of skills and abilities, such as writing, research, communication, and critical analysis. As such, anthropology is a good major for students interested in law, medicine, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and business and entrepreneurship. Anthropologists are also employed in education, publishing, politics, health care, government (local, state, and national), and in diplomacy related to international relations and international aid. Visit the American Anthropological Association website to view a list of specific jobs and careers for anthropology graduates.

Learn More

For more information, please contact:
​Dr. Nicole Katin, Undergraduate Program Coordinator