Why Anthropology?

Anthropology questions what it means to be human by exploring as wide a range of human experience as possible. Anthropologists begin from an appreciation of the diversity of human social and cultural life across time and space. They investigate the lived experience people have of their society, exploring differences of language and culture, gender and sexuality, social class, caste, race, ethnicity, religion and locality. As anthropologists frequently focus on life among people who are geographically and socially marginalised, themes of power and powerlessness, identity and otherness, belonging and migration are central to the Anthropology major.

Anthropology students develop their skills in written, oral, and visual expression in field-work, ethnography, survey design and interpretation. The field’s unique focus on the diversity of human experience is ideally suited to the development of global awareness at a culturally and historically deep level. Such awareness can lead to new kinds of civic engagement around the world and novel modes of moral and ethical reasoning. Anthropology students will learn to offer ethnographically and historically grounded descriptions of the human condition; to provide concrete examples of alternative ways of being human; and, upon that basis, to question what it means to be human in the world.

The anthropology major is particularly relevant to the increasingly diverse and transnational world of the twenty-first century. Anthropology majors work in governmental and non-governmental organisations, research and cultural consulting, advertising and business, museums, education, media and communications and many other areas. Roughly half of all anthropology undergraduates go on to advanced studies in anthropology or other fields such as law and medicine.

Anthropology majors can take part in a wide range of study abroad and internship opportunities in many parts of the world.