Areas & Fields of Interest

There are many areas of anthropological study...

  • Sociocultural Anthropology - Seeks to understand the internal logic of societies through ethnography.
  • Archaeology - Studies past human societies to understand our history and its relevance for today.
  • Biological Anthropology - Traces our biological origins, evolutionary development, and genetic diversity.
  • Linguistic Anthropology - Seeks to explain the very nature of language and its use by humans.
  • Medical Anthropology - Seeks to better understand factors that influence peoples' health and well-being.
  • Forensic Anthropology - Seeks to identify skeletal, or otherwise decomposed, human remains.
  • Business Anthropology - Helps businesses gain a better understanding of their activities and customers.
  • Visual Anthropology - Documents everyday life through filmmaking.
  • Environmental Anthropology - Believes that the well-being of the environment begins with people.

There are two great reasons why studying anthropology should be considered by undergraduate students.

First, the material is intellectually exciting: anthropology students enthusiastically complete their courses of study.

Second, anthropology prepares students for excellent jobs and opens doors to various career paths: the course of study provides global information and thinking skills critical to succeeding in the 21st century in business, research, teaching, advocacy, and public service.

Today's anthropologists do not just work in exotic locations. They can be found in corporations, all levels of government, educational institutions, and non-profit associations. Anthropologists even work in disaster areas, including Ground Zero in New York and the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

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