“The purpose of Anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.”
Anthropology is nothing less than the study of what it means to be human, through the understanding of modern cultures across the globe, the cultures of the past, languages, the human body, and our evolutionary history. In an increasingly globalized world, anthropology is the ideal discipline for creating global citizens and providing the multicultural perspective that will allow students to successfully navigate the changes to come. Anthropology provides an excellent background for students interested in careers ranging from museum work to international business, and from community services to advertising.
The sub-fields of anthropology include cultural anthropology (the study of contemporary human cultures); physical anthropology (the study of human genetics, evolution, and primatology); archaeology (the study of past cultures); and linguistics (the study of human communication). Anthropology straddles the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Anthropological research pulls from biology, philosophy, sociology, ecology, geology, religious studies, languages, chemistry, and many more. So anthropology students learn a variety of skills and approaches, including scientific methods, statistical analyses, and qualitative analyses. Whatever sub-field a student chooses, anthropology challenges them to view their own world in a fundamentally different way, and to re-think their assumptions about the very nature of humankind.
The Anthropology discipline at Morris has a committed faculty with a variety of specialties, such as Latin American cultures and agrarian systems; China and gender; and the archaeology of the Southwest and Mediterranean region. There are regular opportunities for field work and research to get students started on their careers.
An anthropology major provides many professional options after graduation. The degree provides entry into careers in business, law, social work, and many other fields, particularly those that value employees with an ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, whether here in the United States, or internationally. Students may also continue on in higher degree programs and advanced academic work that can lead to teaching and research at the university level.