Anthropology is the holistic study of human experience and development.
It sounds broad, and that's because it's intended to be. Anthropologists seek to understand why human beings are the way they are, and they do this several ways, by:
- uncovering humankind's biological origins;
- determining how people adapted to the natural world;
- exploring how culture — language, social behavior, beliefs, etc. — developed; and
- revealing how all those factors have shaped the way people exist today.
The study of anthropology trains undergraduates to see the world as a critical observer, a skill many employers prize.
Widener's undergraduate program in anthropology emphasizes the study and interrelation of four fields:
- ethnography (contemporaneous cultures);
- archaeology (cultural evolution);
- linguistics (language and culture); and
- biological anthropology (biological origins and the relation of biological factors and cultural behavior)
Students can also tailor their course of study to fit individual education and career goals. With an emphasis on cultural studies, students select minors or certifications in other disciplines like:
- criminal justice;
- early childhood or elementary education;
- environmental science;
- political science;
- international business;
- pre-physical therapy;
- international relations;
- pre-med; and