What is Anthropology?
Anthropology is the study of humanity. Its subject of study
encompasses the range of human experience among the people of the
world, and its aims are to understand what people do or have done, and
why. Every aspect of human beings, from their DNA molecules to their
beliefs about the super-natural, in every part of the world, from the
beginnings of primate evolution to the present, poses anthropological
questions. Some of the most interesting of these questions remain to be
For these and many other reasons, anthropology is central
to the liberal arts. The anthropology program is designed to cultivate a
lively curiosity about the human experience, a deeper understanding of
cultures and diverse ways of life including our own. It works toward
developing an informed sense of human experience, past and present, and
of the many ways of knowing, understanding and communicating. These
studies encourage critical reasoning abilities and skills that promote a
life of continuous learning, which are of immeasurable value pursuing a
range of careers and goals in a world in which global diversity has
become, more than ever, an inescapable aspect of life.
Working in Anthropology
Characteristics and Skills Necessary for Success
- Curiosity about people and the differences in cultures and societies
- Enjoy travelling and doing research
- Have above average ability in reading and writing
- Have strong analytical skills
- Be able to use computers for research
- Good aptitude for language
Sample Job Titles
Learning More About Anthropology
- Visit the Career Services office and check out our Career Resource Library
- Visit the SLU Anthropology Department website
- Check out Anthropology course descriptions in the Catalog
- Talk with a professor in Anthropology about the major. Click here for a list of possible questions to ask.
- Perform an informational interview with a professional in the field. Click here for information on how to find a professional, contacting them, and a list of possible questions.
- Get connected with a SLU alum in the field through SAINTSLink, participate in Shadow-a-Saint or complete an Internship.
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