“The purpose of Anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.” —Ruth Benedict
Anthropology is nothing less than the study of what it means to be human, through the understanding of modern cultures across the globe, the cultures of the past, languages, the human body, and our evolutionary history.
The sub-fields of anthropology include:
- Cultural anthropology (the study of contemporary human cultures)
- Physical anthropology (the study of human genetics, evolution, and primatology)
- Archaeology (the study of past cultures)
- Linguistics (the study of human communication)
Anthropology straddles the
- Natural sciences
- Social sciences
with research pulling from
- Religious studies
Anthropology students learn a variety of skills and approaches, including:
- Scientific methods
- Statistical analyses
- Qualitative analyses
Whatever sub-field a student chooses, anthropology challenges them to view their own world in a fundamentally different way and to re-think their assumptions about the very nature of humankind.
The Anthropology Discipline at Morris has a committed faculty with a variety of specialties, such as:
- Latin American cultures and agrarian systems
- China and gender
- Archaeology of the Southwest and Mediterranean region
There are regular opportunities for field work and research to get students started on their careers.
In an increasingly globalized world, anthropology is the ideal discipline for creating global citizens and providing the multicultural perspective that will allow students to successfully navigate the changes to come while providing an excellent background for students interested in careers ranging from museum work to international business, and from community services to advertising.
An anthropology major provides many professional options after graduation. The degree provides entry into careers in:
- Social work
- Many other fields
Particularly careers that value employees with an ability to work in a multicultural environment, whether here in the United States or internationally.
Students may also continue on in higher degree programs and advanced academic work that can lead to teaching and research at the university level.