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
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
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
Linguistics: some subdivisions of this are descriptive, historical and
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
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.