Why Anthropology Matters: “It’s the antidote to nativism, the enemy of hate—a vaccine of understanding, tolerance and compassion that can counter the rhetoric of demagogues
A major in Anthropology is particularly relevant in our globalized world. Anthropology comparatively studies humankind in all places and times. Individuals with anthropology degrees are sought after in many professions including healthcare, non-profit organizations, businesses, and governmental agencies.
Anthropology is an excellent degree for pre-law and pre-health students or Anthropology majors may choose to pursue a career in anthropological research in socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and medical anthropology.
Students of anthropology develop an understanding of the concept of culture and how it unites human social, political, biological, and historical experiences. Majors in Anthropology further develop this holistic understanding of the human condition in applied research particularly emphasizing issues of human diversity, ethnocentrism, and inequality.
The Anthropology major at Wagner is divided into three sub-fields: socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology. Students take classes in all three of the fields, though they may choose to focus their coursework and research in one of these areas. Reflecting the research interests of Wagner’s faculty, area courses are offered on the anthropology of the North America, the Caribbean and its Diaspora, and South America.
Departmental faculty work closely with Anthropology students to enable them to study abroad, either with departmental faculty, through a variety of Wagner programs, or through a non-Wagner affiliated program.