Anthropology takes a holistic approach to the study of humankind by examining its cultural, social, linguistic, biological-evolutionary, environmental and historical dimensions. It is an interdisciplinary field that draws on the methods and theories of both the social sciences and the humanities. Its core concept is ‘culture’ and its hallmark methodology is long-term participant observational fieldwork. Study in anthropology not only develops within students an understanding and appreciation of societies and cultures different than their own, but also provides a critical understanding of how Western societies have viewed and interacted with other societies.
Because of its focus on cross-cultural and international issues and analysis, study in anthropology is particularly useful for students considering careers in fields such as college teaching and research, international business and law, foreign service and diplomacy, private and governmental development and foreign aid programs, missions, and human rights. Anthropology also provides valuable training for students considering careers in human service fields such as social work, counseling, health care delivery and education.