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Learn How to Think Outside the Box:
Discover Anthropology, a Biocultural Perspective on the Human Condition
The broad evolutionary perspective on humanity, provided by Anthropology, prepares you for more effective engagement with the contemporary world, in any career path you may follow. The Anthropology Department at Brockport offers a major or a minor in Anthropology, and a minor in Museum Studies.
Our program is looking to pursue learning anthropological skills and abilities that focus on the critical issues of the 21st century. We hope to engage students in attempting to answer some of the most pertinent questions that we are facing in our world today.
The Environment and Change
What is "world" and "nature"? What are humans? What are the relations between humans and the world?
Inequality, Social Justice, and Human Rights
What is power? What is a society? Why does inequality exist?
Heritage and Identity
Who are we now? Who were we in the past? Who are we becoming?
Anthropology: Four areas of study
Anthropology has consistently focused on four major areas of study; which are,
Archaeologists excavate sites to recover the material culture or artifacts in order to understand the past and how it relates to present-day concerns.
Biological anthropologists study human biological evolution, variation in growth and development, and adaptation to past and present environments.
Cultural anthropologists observe, listen to, and work with people in communities and organizations to understand how culture, power, and history are mobilized by different groups for different purposes.
Linguistic Anthropologists investigate the relationship between language and culture, and try to understanding the ways in which language shapes, and is shaped by, social life, from single interactions to global-level phenomena.