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What Is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of human similarities and differences in all times and in all places. It involves the study of biology, culture and society, language, the influence of the environment and even includes the investigation of some non-humans (apes, monkeys and hominins) to enrich our evolutionary understanding.

The discipline includes four interrelated subfields: archaeological, cultural, linguistic and physical (or biological) anthropology. This focus is currently expanding to include additional specializations like applied anthropology, forensics and medical anthropology.

About the Program

Anthropology is a transfer program housed in the Social Science Division. Transfer programs are for students who plan to continue their education at a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree. Some students take anthropology courses to fulfill the social science requirement for a transfer degree, others take anthropology courses as part of a plan to major in anthropology. Many students also take anthropology courses as electives.

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Career Opportunities

Successful anthropology majors typically go on to pursue graduate study. Anthropologists enjoy careers in academia, historic preservation, international development and aid, law, medicine, museums and government. To learn more about anthropology careers, visit: