Anthropology is the study of human variation.
Classic anthropology focuses on:
Current fields of applied anthropology include:
The minor increases a student's awareness of what it means to be human: the range of humanity is revealed. We live in a society, in a world which is multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-cultural. A student who is skilled at understanding the causes and consequences of human differences will be more successful at living and working in this world. Currently, anthropology minors are majoring in biology, education, English, geography, geology, history, music, plant science, psychology and sociology.
What do Anthropology Minors Do?
Most anthropologists work outside academia. For example, an archaeologist may examine a construction site for historical material before a building is constructed. A forensic anthropologist may work closely with law enforcement agencies investigating homicides. A biological anthropologist may assist minority women in maternal and child health care programs. A cultural anthropologist may work with African villagers to structure culturally appropriate social and economic development.
The individual trained in anthropology is skilled at working in multi-cultural settings or in organizations where diverse interest groups compete for resources. The student of anthropology learns how to work constructively with varied beliefs and behaviors.
The anthropology minor is structured to provide a solid understanding of the relationship between culture and behavior.