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Why Study It?

In whatever careers they choose, students of anthropology bring to their work a holistic perspective on human behavior. They are able to understand the functioning of human groups and apply their insights in any setting.

This major prepares you for jobs in anthropology—for example, as an archaeological field technician working for an environmental consulting firm—but also serves more generally as a liberal arts degree or the basis for advanced study in anthropology or fields such as medicine, law, or business. Anthropologists often find work in such areas as human resources, marketing, health care services, information and communications fields, international business, museums, and more.

The major subdivisions of anthropology are cultural, biological, archaeological, and linguistic:

Cultural anthropologists study how people organize themselves in groups, how groups of people traditionally behave, and many other features of society from warfare to economics.

Physical or biological anthropologists study the biology of humans and their closest relatives, the primates. They study human growth and development, environmental adaptation, biological variations among groups, and other features of the biology of living populations as well as the skeletal remains of our human ancestors.

Archaeologists are interested in many of the same questions as cultural anthropologists, but they study societies of the past, which means they must ask their questions in a different way. Archaeologists must look at what remains after people are gone--the tools they made, traces of the structures they built, their graves, and even their garbage dumps.

Linguistic anthropologists are concerned with the nature and history of language and its role in human culture. 

Department of Anthropology
Burkhardt Building (BB), Room 315
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-1575
Fax: 765-285-2163