What is anthropology

Subfields

Archaeology Archaeologists study the human past through the physical remains of past human activities. Everything from portable artifacts to plant remains illuminates human history.
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Biological Biological anthropologists, also known as physical anthropologists, study human evolution and variation. Specific emphasis is on mechanisms of biological evolution, genetic inheritance, human, adaptability, worldwide genetic and physical variation, primate anatomy and behavior, and paleoanthropology.
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Cultural Cultural anthropologists study the diversity of human cultures and societies and the process by which people construct local, regional and glocal forms fo social relationships. Several of our faculty study the process by which people construct particular social identities, worldviews and form of community in a changing, globalizing world.
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Linguistics Linguistic anthropology is the study of language use in social life. Linguistic anthropologists study the diversity of the world's languages and the diversity of language use and other forms of communication in societies around the world. Also included in this is the study of cultural understanding of languages and language varieties.
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