“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
- Emerging fields
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 UMN Morris has a committed faculty with a variety of specialties, such as Latin American cultures & agrarian systems, China & gender, and archaeology of the southwest and Mediterranean regions. There are regular opportunities for field work and research to get students started on their careers.