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About Anthropology

There is an Indian story-at least I heard it as an Indian story-about an Englishman who, having been told that the world rested on a platform which rested on the back of an elephant which rested in turn on the back of a turtle, asked (perhaps he was an ethonographer, it is the way they behave), what did the turtle rest on? Another turtle. And that turtle? 'Ah, Sahib, after that it is turtles all the way down.' - Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures

What is anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of all cultures across time and space. Through comparative studies, anthropologists determine how people of the world are similar and different. They explore issues such as health care, human rights, law, industry, development, global population and more. The possibilities for those with a degree in Anthropology are almost endless, and our Anthropology Program offers three ways to study cultural variation among humans:



Archaeology
three men looking at the ground as if studying something

Studies past human cultures through the analysis of physical remains.

Biological Anthropology
a human skull on a table

Examines human and non-human primates both in the past and the present through a biological lens.

Cultural Anthropology
Two ladies sitting down

Investigates living people's
ways of life.