Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humanity. It examines past and present human cultures, as well as human evolution, modern human biological variation, and humanity’s closet living relatives, the primates.

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It consists of five primary sub fields:

  • Physical or Biological Anthropology (the study of human biology)
  • Archaeology (the study of past human cultures)
  • Cultural Anthropology (the study of modern cultures, including the United States)
  • Anthropological Linguistics (the study of language from an anthropological perspective)
  • Applied Anthropology (using anthropological methods and information to solve problems on a local and global scale).

Explore Anthropology

primate skeletal imageResearchers at MCC are trying to identify how these 2 monkey species differ in skull anatomy as a result of differences in feeding behaviors. This ongoing research utilizes novel technologies to tease apart the fine anatomical differences that adapts each species to its feeding niche.

spruce tree houseSpruce Tree House a cliff dwelling on Mesa Verde in Colorado.

monks moundMonks Mound, the largest earthen mound in North America (it is located at the Cahokia site near St. Louis).

Anthropology Majors Careers

  • Business
  • Education
  • Medical Fields
  • Politics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Social Work
  • History
  • Biology

Individuals with degrees in anthropology have been hired by profit and non-profit organizations, as well as numerous government entities. One major reason for the diversity in careers is that individuals with anthropology degrees are taught to critically evaluate all aspects of an issue, and develop unbiased, culturally sensitive answers to the issue. These basic skills can be used by anyone who interacts with other people.

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Mead
Students studying bones in Anthropology class
Students studying bones in a Forensics Anthropology Class