What is Anthropology?
Anthropology is the study of difference - it teaches us about what it means to be human from cross-cultural points of view.
- Broaden your perspective and rethink what is familiar abroad and strange at home.
- Learn to understand diverse ways of thinking and different ways of interacting.
- Explore varied modes of living across geographical space and historical deep time.
- Embrace your global citizenship - from around the corner to around the globe, and from the past to the present for the future.
The goal of anthropology is to advance our collective understanding of the human condition through anthropological research, and to apply this understanding to solve human problems.
DIVERSITY IN ANTHROPOLOGY: OUR COMMITMENT
In line with discussions at the national level by the American Anthropological Association, we recognize that race, gender, class, religion, disability, language, and sexuality matter in all of the sub-disciplines of anthropology, not simply as topics of study, but in terms of the politics of scholarly practice.
As a discipline that has grappled with serious critique of its connections to racial and colonial formations, we believe that we have an important responsibility to develop “best practices”, in our graduate curriculum and our disciplinary philosophy, that serve and value all our students.