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What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of humans.
Anthropology is a broad and unique field, that examines humankind both scientifically and humanistically. Anthropology looks at the human experience from a holistic, cross-cultural perspective, and encompasses several different approaches. These approaches comprise the four subfields of the discipline of Anthropology in the United States: cultural anthropology, physical/biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics.

At UNCW students can concentrate in one of three subfields of Anthropology: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Physical/Biological Anthropology as well as a minor in Forensic Science. Archaeology is the study of human culture by examining remains of our past. Cultural Anthropology is the study of human culture. It involves such topics as traditional societies, gender roles, indigenous rights, human rights, public health, refugees, museum studies, and shamanism.
Physical/Biological Anthropology is the study of the physical development of the human species. It involves such topics as genetics, human osteology, evolution, and forensics.

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