Anthropology is the study of humans in all times and places. The field is wide in scope, addressing itself both to the comparative study of world-wide variations in culture and to the evolution and development of humans throughout time. Anthropology at the University of Delaware encompasses three distinct but interconnected fields of study: social and cultural anthropology, biological or physical anthropology and archaeology. Social and cultural anthropologists undertake holistic comparative studies of populations and their histories throughout the world and analyze political and economic institutions, social organizations, religions and art forms. Cultural anthropology also addresses such global issues as long-term change; the inter-connections between cultural practices and the environment, the interactions among economics, politics, ideology, religion and other aspects of culture; and the relationships among groups of different scales, ranging from the individual to the global. Biological anthropology addresses the evolutionary differentiation of primates and their behavior, the emergence of hominid populations, and processes of adaptation in modern populations. Archaeology uses the material remains of social and cultural life to reconstruct the organization, history and development of past societies. All three fields draw on the results of research to address public and private sector policy questions.
Anthropology sharpens a student's understanding of cultures different from their own, how and why people differ and how we all resemble one other in our common humanity. The preparation offered through the department's curriculum and other in-depth research training opportunities is invaluable in both private sector and public sector careers that require a working understanding of complex behavior and productive interaction with people from different cultures, museum work and jobs in international agencies. Job opportunities for Bachelor of Arts graduates in anthropology are similar to those available to other liberal arts majors. A number of anthropology graduates continue their education in order to obtain professional jobs in the field, while others undertake graduate training to enter careers in education, medicine, business, social work, public health, law and governmental agencies. Interested students may contact Dr. Karen Rosenberg, 135 Munroe Hall, or call (302) 831-1851.
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