WHAT  IS  ANTHROPOLOGY?               

Anthropology is the study of humans and their interactions with each other and the environment.  It is a subject that encompasses many other disciplines.  In the United States educational system this study consists of four fields:

    Physical Anthropology:  the study of human evolution and variation.

            This includes human biology.  One or two classes from the Biology department would complement one's study of Physical



    Cultural Anthropology:  the study of how people act and why.


This includes marriage practices, family structure, social interactions.  Courses in History     and Geography, Political Science and Psychology, Art and Religion are useful in enhancing one's understanding of culture. 

    Linguistics:  some subdivisions of this are descriptive, historical and socio-cultural linguistics.

            These fields examine the physical production of speech, how and why languages change, and how we use language.  At

            larger colleges and universities Linguistics may be in a separate department.  WSC offers linguistics classes through the

            English department.

    Archaeology: the study of the remains of the human past.

            Archaeologists look at bones, architecture, food production, animal use, resource storage, art, and other artifacts left by

            humans in their interaction with each other and the environment.