Introduction to Anthropology

Introduction to Anthropology

Social Sciences and History

Prerequisites: None 

Anthropology is the logical investigation of human diversity that occurs over time. In an effort to understand ourselves as human beings, we use the principles and methods of science to examine the evolutionary origin, and the physical nature of man. This is the branch of anthropology known as physical anthropology. Because man is a culture-producing animal, we use the principles and methods of social and behavioral sciences to examine history, geology and archaeology, and the many specific varieties of human expression that contribute to culture. This branch of anthropology is called cultural anthropology. In this course students will study physical anthropology, topics in cultural anthropology, including archaeological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. We will also explore the history of anthropology and topics that relate to anthropology in modern culture.