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What is anthropology studies?

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human. The field of anthropology explores humankind from cultural, linguistic, archaeological and biological viewpoints. This academic discipline can prepare students for a wide variety of career paths. Many anthropologists spend significant time doing field studies — researching life within a particular human culture or studying artifacts of earlier civilizations. The field is closely related to sociology, which is the study of human values, beliefs, customs and how people behave in groups.

What kind of things will I study if I major in anthropology studies?

Course in anthropology could range from an overview of cultures in a particular region of the world, like Latin America or North America, to an in-depth exploration of single country, like Japan. Anthropology courses pair nicely with those in sociology, which might examine a particular subculture, like the American black middle class or even the elderly. Other courses might look at the anthropological aspects of medicine or the relationship between indigenous peoples and the environment. One of the wonderful things about anthropology and sociology is that both disciplines study human culture from a wide variety of perspectives.

How is anthropology studies related to other academic majors?

In addition to sociology, it is easy to make connections between anthropology and such closely related as disciplines as biology, psychology, human development and social relations, and archaeology. The study of humankind can also be enriched by considerations of art, music, theatre arts as well as the languages and literature of various cultures. Foundational subjects like classics, history, religion and philosophy can certainly be beneficial to students who are focusing on anthropology studies.

What can I do with a degree in anthropology studies?

There are many career options for students who study sociology and anthropology. Some students continue on to graduate school and pursue careers in research and teaching. Others find work with non-governmental organizations in countries around the world or apply their knowledge humankind to careers in business, law, journalism, public health or education. Graduates of Earlham College’s program in sociology and anthropology sometimes choose to seek service opportunities by joining the City Year, the Peace Corps, Teach for America or other high-profile organizations.

Take the steps toward studying anthropology

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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