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The word anthropology comes form the Greek anthropo for human being and logy for science of. Students wishing to study anthropology have the choice of a wide variety of anthropological fields of education to explore: including the social, biological, cultural and theological characteristics of human cultures and civilisations.

Courses in Anthropology

Educational courses in anthropology can be thought of as the comparative study of human culture, behaviour and biology; and how these change through time. The term anthropology can be applied to a wide variety of disciplines and, as such, is often broken into four subfields: biological, social, cultural and linguistic.

  • Biological Anthropology courses are concerned with the physical changes of mankind: evolution, natural selection and genetics.
  • Social Anthropology courses are the area of study relating to the social behaviour of humans: family ties and relationships; social structure; and political, legal and economic organisation.
  • Cultural Anthropology courses use observational studies as a way of examining and defining ‘culture': This is achieved through observing customs, art, morals and knowledge.
  • Linguistic anthropology courses involve the study and documentation of languages.

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Careers in Anthropology

Many anthropologists pursue a career in academia; however many other career opportunities exist. Examples of potential career paths for graduates of anthropology include:

  • archaeology
  • forensics
  • cultural advisor
  • speach therapy
  • international liason
  • youth worker
  • charity campaigner
  • lecturer
  • human resources
  • healthcare
  • community development
  • media
  • journalism
  • public relations
  • eco-tourism
  • museums

    Business leaders often call upon anthropologists to investigate and explain the impact of different cultures on business plans. They are also employed to analyse workforce problems and economic and cultural factors in overseas business.

    Summary of studying anthropology

    The need for anthropological solutions are arising more and more frequently and in ever more diverse industries. This is due to increasing globalisation and international business. As such, students who study anthropology are ideally placed to exploit this growing demand.