What is Anthropology?
Anthropology is a holistic discipline that examines humans and the human experience in the past and in the present. Anthropology is divided into 4 subfields that engage a different aspect of humanity:
- cultural anthropologists study the diversity of contemporary human cultures around the world;
- archaeologists use material culture to study human pasts;
- biological or physical anthropologists apply an evolutionary perspective to explore the diversity of contemporary human bodies as well as past, human-like species; and
- linguistic anthropologists analyze past and present languages.
The anthropology minor at UW-L is designed to provide a comprehensive historical and cultural perspective on contemporary human problems. Courses that can be applied toward the anthropology minor span all four subfields, including Language and Culture, Indigenous Agricultural Societies: Past and Present, Introduction to Physical Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of War, and Anthropology of Food, to name just a few.
What Can I Do With an Anthropology Minor?
Have you ever wondered if what you’ve been learning in other courses apply to people who live in Nepal, Mozambique, Bolivia, Egypt, Micronesia, or Mexico? Because anthropologists study the diversity of human beings all over the globe, the anthropology minor gives students an international perspective on human behavior. This gives students with an anthropology minor a distinct advantage in our increasing global economy. Prospective employers in a broad range of fields, such as education, business, health, and social service organizations, want to know that their employees understand what it means to work in a global world. Anthropology will give you the foundation to understand the cultural, social, and historical complexities of human problems. This kind of real-world relevance and breadth will help you succeed in any career you choose after your time here at UW-L.
If you have any questions about the Anthropology Minor that aren't answered on this website, please contact:
Dr. Christine Hippert
Department of Sociology/Archaeology
437C Wimberly Hall
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
La Crosse, WI 54601