Anthropology is the study of humans – our past and present. Anthropologists study cultures around the world including subcultures found in our own communities (Cultural Anthropology). Anthropologists also study human ancestry through fossils and genetics, our closest extinct and living relatives – the nonhuman primates (animals like lemurs, monkeys, and apes), human bones and teeth, and human biological variation (Biological Anthropology). Archaeologists use artifacts and features as well as historical records to reconstruct cultures of the past. Other anthropologists study languages (Linguistic Anthropology) and how language reflects culture and how languages change over time.
Expertise in any of these areas can be applied to real-world situations (e.g., Forensic Anthropology).
Why Study Anthropology
In today’s global community and economy, Anthropology is more relevant than ever before. Students studying anthropology gain a level of cultural competency – understanding that people from other cultures do not necessarily think or behave the same way in which we do. Students learn to appreciate and value human variation – cultural as well as biological variation.
Anthropology at UTC
Our undergraduate program provides students with opportunities to work in small groups, to participate in laboratory and field research, and to pursue internship opportunities. Our year-long capstone course sequence requires students to design a research project, implement it, collect data and analyze data, and present findings in oral and written formats.