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Program Overview

Anthropology offers concepts and analytical practice that will lead you to understand the deeply held values and assumed social structures that characterize cultures around the world. As an anthropology student, you will become conversant with the human condition in an increasingly sophisticated and complex world.

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Why Study Anthropology at Inver Hills

Being human is an art, a science, an adventure, and a challenge.

Anthropology is the study of humanity. This comprehensive discipline is divided into four subfields: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. A holistic approach to your studies is essential.

Look to the future with a sharper eye.

The A.A. with Emphasis in Anthropology builds a broad, insightful foundation in your pursuit of a four-year degree and beyond. Just as humans are one of nature’s most adaptable species, anthropology is one of academia’s most adaptable disciplines.

Anthropology covers all your bases.

In our multicultural society, developing an awareness of subtle and shifting differences as well as human commonality is pertinent to any profession you choose.

Studying other societies leads to appreciation refined by empathy.

Having an anthropological perspective will enhance your experience during foreign study and travel while giving you firmer footing in international and cultural relations. The more you know about other people the more you know about yourself.

Achieve the perspective you need to be your best.

Explore different social movements and profiles of human rights activists to enhance your sense of civic responsibility and broaden your understanding of contemporary justice issues.

You are unique—just like everyone else.

Why are humans so amazingly diverse yet fundamentally the same? Biological anthropology reveals the evolutionary enterprise of the human species. How did we learn to adapt, survive, love, and reproduce over thousands and thousands of years?

Language is the lifeblood of humanity.

Linguistic anthropology investigates the way language manipulates, enriches, and defines the social and cultural lives of individuals, communities, societies, and nations. Listen well before you speak.

Here today, bygone tomorrow.

Archaeology is the study of the ancient past. Archaeologists are versed in numerous disciplines, including history, sociology, psychology, chemistry, architecture, botany, geology, and so much more. They really dig their work.

Anthropology Career Paths

Anthropologists explore what makes us human.

Earning a degree in anthropology opens doors to numerous career opportunities. Trained anthropologists enjoy successful careers in education, business, government, and nonprofits.

The unique knowledge set, research capability, analytical skills, and diverse perspectives anthropologists gain through rigorous study offer a strong advantage in a relentlessly competitive global marketplace.

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