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Anthropology is the study of human beings, especially humans and their ancestors throughout time in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture.  Anthropologists study topics that include the origin and evolution of Homo sapiens, the organization of human social and cultural relations, human physical traits, human behavior, the variations among different groups of humans, and so on.

Anthropology originated in the colonial encounters between Western people and colonized non-Western people, as Europeans tried to understand the origins of observable cultural diversity.  Today, anthropology is a global discipline, and anthropologists study all types of societies.

At the University of South Carolina, the Department of Anthropology provides students with four areas of specialization:  cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology.  Widely acknowledged as one of the top five programs in the nation in the historical archaeology of the African Diaspora, the Department of Anthropology also provides a fine training ground for students interested in Southeastern archaeology.

Students can choose a program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, or they can select a Research Track/Intensive Major leading to a B.A. with Distinction in Anthropology.  Students have frequent opportunities to participate in research or field work both abroad and locally.

Some anthropology graduates continue on to obtain an M.A. or Ph.D. in the field, and then enter academia.  But students not interested in attending graduate school are well-suited for a career in many fields, including education, health care, museum curation, social work, international development, government, organizational psychology, nonprofit management, marketing, publishing, and forensics.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Carlina de la Cova, Undergraduate Director, Department of Anthropology, 803-777-2957, 

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