Known as the science of humanity, anthropology combines humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences to the study of the human race. This includes human origins, biological variations, languages, social norms, and institutions. Understandably a broad field of study, anthropology is separated into various subfields, including physical, social, linguistic, and even more specialized ones such as medical.
Each of these subfields focus on a different aspect of the study of humanity. For example, physical anthropology is the scientific study of humans in regard to adaption, variability, and evolution, while sociology anthropology examines society through sociology taking a closer look at how societies are developed and organized. Linguistic anthropology takes an in-depth look at languages to see how different ones evolved and are related. A more specialized area, medical anthropology examines health, illness, and health care through anthropological concepts, such as different cultures’ views on diseases, treatment, and prevention.
One of the more commonly known subfields, cultural anthropology examines cultures around the world and how culture relates to social interactions. A major in cultural anthropology will give students the opportunity to learn about different worldviews as they explore human diversity, ethnicities, societies, and, of course, cultures. A strong understanding of anthropological theories, concepts, and fieldwork methods are developed along with analytical and assessment skills. Cultural anthropology curriculum consists of courses like philosophy of human nature, human evolutionary process, western civilization, anthropological research methods, language in culture, and comparative social organizations. The skill set and cultural understanding that students graduate with prepares them for a variety of career paths, including those in community organization, civil service, consulting, education, social work, and public policy.