What is Anthropology? Anthropology is the study of human beings, from their biological origins, to their learned cultures and behaviors. Anthropology bridges the arts and humanities with the natural and social sciences and provides students with a broad and substantive liberal arts education.
"[Anthropology] is in part history, part literature; in part natural science, part social science; it strives to study [humans] both from within and without... the most scientific of the humanities, the most humanistic of sciences" Eric Wolf, Anthropology (1964:88).
The subfields of Anthropology at Adelphi include:
Cultural Anthropology: the comparative study of cultures and the analysis of human behaviors in relation to past and present ideas, practices, and institutions;
Archaeology: the study of past cultures and adaptations through material evidence;
Physical Anthropology: includes the examination of the biological origin and evolution of humans.
A degree in Anthropology is based on practical experience in research, written and oral communication, analytical thinking as well as an appreciation for the complexity of human experience through time. Our students understand the pressing issues that face our global community and leave Adelphi with highly marketable skillsets as demonstrated by a wide range of successful employment and graduate school acceptances.